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Venus Caught Looking Like A Comet
2013-01-30 04:35:17

[ Watch the Video: What is Venus? ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online At the very edges of the Earth´s atmosphere, where the Earth´s magnetic field begins, solar radiation strips electrons from the tenuous gas that is slowly leaking into space. This region, known as the ionosphere is famously responsible for allowing terrestrial radio transmissions over great distances. During World War II, for example, radio operators would...

New Video Of Venus Released By ESA
2013-01-21 13:53:47

[Watch the Video: A Day in the Life of Venus Express] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a video of a day in the life of the Venus Express, the spacecraft currently orbiting the second planet from the Sun. The video begins with a view 41,000 miles above Venus´ south pole, looking down at its southern polar vortex. "From this bird´s-eye view, half of the planet is in darkness, the ℠terminator´ marking...

Transit Of Venus Across The Sun Occurs Today
2012-12-21 07:49:58

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online So it´s December 21st and the world is still here. Does that mean the doomsayers were full of baloney? Or did they just misread the warnings? Perhaps the Mayans knew today´s date was special for some other reason than total annihilation. If so, then you may be happy to know they would have been right. Phil Nicholson, a Cornell University scientist said this week that Venus will be making a second transit across the face...

Venus Transit And Lunar Mirror Could Help Find Other Planets
2012-12-14 05:12:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers reported in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society that looking at the sunlight reflected off the Moon during the Venus transit this year helped scientists find planets in orbit around other stars. As Venus passed in front of the Sun on June 6, 2012, it hid part of our sun's rotating surface. Because of rotation, the spectrum of the Sun is slightly different on each side. On one side of the sun,...

Space Exploration Milestone - Mariner 2 50 Years Later
2012-12-13 05:51:51

[ Watch the Video: The 50th Anniversary of Planetary Exploration ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fifty years ago this Friday, America's space exploration ushered in a new era when NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft became the first ever to study a planet other than our own. On December 14, 1962, Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to successfully make a close-up study of another planet. The event took place about 36 million miles away from Earth. To celebrate the...

Sulphur Dioxide Detected On Venus Points To Active Volcanoes
2012-12-03 08:16:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has been observing Earth´s sister planet for six years with its polar orbiter Venus Express. During its visit of the second planet from the sun, the orbiter has shown huge changes in sulphur dioxide content in the planet´s atmosphere, leading experts to believe volcanic activity has been increasing on the surface of Venus. ESA officials explain that Venus´s thick atmosphere contains...

Venus Fly Trap Snapping Mechanism Studied
2012-11-17 06:49:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The mechanics behind the way that a Venus fly trap snaps its leaves in order to trap and feed upon insects, and how that process could one day be used to improve upon a plethora of different products, is the topic of new research by experts at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Aix-Marseille University in Marseille, France. As the American Institute of Physics (AIP) points out in a November 16 statement...

Astronomers Study Venus Atmosphere During Transit
2012-10-17 15:33:08

[WATCH VIDEO: Ultra-High Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It won't happen again until 2117, but one team ensured everyone at the 44th meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in Reno, Nevada that they got plenty of data as Venus transited the Sun earlier this year. Jay Pasachoff of the Williams College and Caltech, Glenn Schneider of University of Arizona, Thomas Widemann of Paris...

Venus Clouds Analyzed By Venus Express
2012-10-08 11:44:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An image released by the European Space Agency shows how not-alike Earth's twin planet really is. The Venus Express spacecraft snapped an image last December showing off clouds on Venus, and how they wrap the planet and its entirety. The spacecraft took the image 18,600 miles above the surface of Venus, showing the planet's 12 mile-thick carbon dioxide and sulphuric dioxide haze. The ultraviolet light image taken by Venus Express...


Latest Venus Reference Libraries

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2009-07-06 12:24:05

The Pioneer Program is a series of American unmanned space missions designed for planetary exploration. The program included a number of missions, but the most well-known missions were Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11. Both Pioneer 10 and 11 explored the outer planets and left our solar system. Both probes carry a gold plaque, depicting a man and a woman and information about the origin of the probes and their creators. The Pioneer probe was named by Stephen A. Saliga, who was chief designer of Air...

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2008-04-30 23:02:22

The Hard Clam (Mercenaria mercenaria), also known as the quahog, is a bivalve mollusk native to the eastern shores of North America, from Prince Edward Island to the Yucatan Peninsula. Older sources may give it the systematic name Venus mercenaria. It is one of many unrelated bivalves referred to as clams. Hard clams are quite common throughout New England, north into Canada, and all down the Eastern seaboard of the United States to Florida, but are particularly abundant between Cape Cod and...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Terraforming -- Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") is the process of modifying a planet, moon or other body to a more habitable atmosphere, temperature or ecology. The term was first used in a science fiction novel, 'Seetee Shock' (1940?) by Jack Williamson, but the actual concept is older than that. An example in fiction is 'First and Last Men' by Olaf Stapledon in which Venus is modified, after a long and destructive war with the original inhabitants, who naturally object to the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Venus is the second planet from the sun. It is often called the evening star or morning star and is brighter than any object in the sky except the sun and the moon. Because its orbit lies between the sun and the orbit of the earth, Venus passes through phases like those of the moon, varying from a large bright crescent when the planet is near inferior conjunction (nearest the earth) to a smaller silvery disk when it is at superior conjunction (farthest from the earth). Since...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Earth -- in geology and astronomy, fifth largest planet of the solar system and the only planet definitely known to support life. Gravitational forces have molded the earth, like all celestial bodies, into a spherical shape. However, the earth is not an exact sphere, being slightly flattened at the poles and bulging at the equator. The equatorial diameter is c.7,926 mi (12,760 km) and the polar diameter 7,900 mi (12,720 km); the circumference at the equator is c.24,830 mi (40,000 km)....

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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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