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  • Hello, Venus! Solar Orbiter spacecraft makes first swing past planet

    12/27/2020 8:23:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Space.com ^ | 27 December 2020 | Meghan Bartels
    The joint U.S.-European Solar Orbiter spacecraft had an appointment with Venus this morning (Dec. 27), the first in a series of planetary flybys to hone the probe's orbit on its journey to the sun. Solar Orbiter reached its closest approach to Venus at 7:39 a.m. EST (1239 GMT), when the spacecraft was about 4,700 miles (7,500 kilometers) from the top of the planet's cloud tops. The probe, a partnership between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), launched in February, bound to spend seven years studying our sun. But to get as close to our star as scientists want to,...
  • (A Personal Post) Looking to Ancient Rome for understanding of ourselves.

    12/19/2020 11:27:05 PM PST · by Ozguy1945 · 6 replies
    https://tujuhbelasan.com/ ^ | 20th December 2020 | Ozguy1945
    Human beings need safe homes and love. The foundation for this was and always will be family. Families flourish when society is free. So in Vergil’s classic epic poem, The Aeneid, the Trojan hero Aeneas is loyal to his father and history, as he seeks a new home for his people. The goddess Juno holds old grudges against Aeneas and his people and makes life hard for them. But the love of his mother Venus leads him to a safe harbour in Carthage for the Trojan people. This story was part of the process of making the Roman people proud...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Venusian Volcano Imagined

    10/27/2020 3:35:08 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    APOD.NASA.gov ^ | 27 Oct, 2020 | Illustration Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Peter Rubin
    Explanation: What would an erupting volcano on Venus look like? Evidence of currently active volcanoes on Venus was announced earlier this year with the unexplained warmth of regions thought to contain only ancient volcanoes. Although large scale images of Venus have been taken with radar, thick sulfuric acid clouds would inhibit the taking of optical light vistas. Nevertheless, an artist's reconstruction of a Venusian volcano erupting is featured. Volcanoes could play an important role in a life cycle on Venus as they could push chemical foods into the cooler upper atmosphere where hungry microbes might float. Pictured, the plume from...
  • Venus Is a Russian Planet ... Says Russia

    09/19/2020 8:56:15 AM PDT · by MAGA2017 · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 09/18/2020 | Jennifer Leman
    Venus Is a Russian Planet ... Says Russia Just because you get there first, that doesn't mean you own it. Russia has some strong feelings about the planet Venus. Dmitry Rogozin, the chief of Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, spoke at the 2020 HeliRussia exhibition and declared that Venus is a "Russian planet," according to the Russian news agency TASS. (It's not.) This comes after the groundbreaking announcement on Monday that researchers have spotted potential evidence of life high in the clouds of Venus. The scientists found chemical signatures of a molecule called phosphine, which is only produced by living things...
  • We've Found Possible Signs of Life in Venus's Clouds. Whoa.

    09/14/2020 5:55:18 PM PDT · by bitt · 81 replies
    .popularmechanics.com ^ | SEP 14, 2020 | JENNIFER LEMAN
    Researchers have discovered the molecule phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus. The molecule indicates that life may exist in the acidic clouds high above our sister planet. The discovery of phosphine in the Venusian atmosphere could signal a rejuvenated interest in the planet, which has long been ignored in favor of other locales in the solar system. A mystery lurks in the clouds high above the stifling surface of our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus. Researchers have announced they've found traces of phosphine, a molecule potentially generated by living things, in the planet's clouds. Planetary scientists have long speculated that Venus's...
  • Likely active volcanoes found on Venus, defying theory of dormant planet

    07/26/2020 6:33:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday, July 20, 2020 | Agence France-Presse
    Scientists have identified 37 volcanic structures on Venus that appear to have been recently active - and probably still are today - painting the picture of a geologically dynamic planet and not a dormant world as long thought. The research focused on ring-like structures called coronae, caused by an upwelling of hot rock from deep within the planet's interior, and provided compelling evidence of widespread recent tectonic and magma activity on Venus's surface, researchers have said. Many scientists had long thought that Venus, lacking the plate tectonics that gradually reshape Earth's surface, was essentially dormant geologically, having been so for...
  • How To See 5 Planets In California Sky This Weekend

    07/17/2020 8:01:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Patch.com ^ | 07/17/2020 | Ashley Ludwig
    Set your alarm for two hours before sunrise to catch the best view of Jupiter sinking in the southwestern sky with Saturn just above and to the right, according to Travel and Leisure magazine. Trace a curved line through both planets into the southern sky and you'll hit Mars high above the southeastern horizon. To see Venus and Mercury, trace Mars' curve down to the horizon in the northeast. Before you get there, you'll easily spot Venus, one of the brightest objects in the night sky. Also, be sure to pencil in a special date between these five planets. Just...
  • Reflecting the International Space Station (Astronomy Picture of the Day)

    05/28/2020 7:07:12 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    APOD NASA ^ | 28 May, 2020 | Helmut Schnieder/NASA
    Explanation: Still bathed in sunlight, the International Space Station arced through the evening sky over lake Wulfsahl-Gusborn in northern Germany, just after sunset on March 25. The familiar constellation of Orion can be seen left of the trail of the orbital station's bright passage. On the right, Venus is the brilliant evening star above the western horizon. With the camera fixed to a tripod, this scene was captured in a series of five exposures. How can you tell? The short time delay between the end of one exposure and the beginning of the next leaves small gaps in the ISS...
  • Venus Will Be the Brightest It’ll Be All Year on April 27

    04/25/2020 10:35:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    Thrillest ^ | 04/24/2020 | Duston Nelson
    We're slowly approaching the night when Venus will be the brightest it's going to be in 2020. That moment arrives the night of April 27, right around 9pm EST. That evening, the planet hits its greatest illuminated extent, a fancy way of saying its really damn bright. This is the juncture when "the illuminated portion of Venus covers the greatest square area of the sky's dome," writes EarthSky. When it's at its brightest for the year, Venus is almost three times as bright as it is when it's at its dimmest.
  • 'Lucky' MESSENGER data upends long-held idea about Venus' atmosphere

    04/22/2020 9:17:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    phys.org ^ | 04/21/2020 | by Jeremy Rehm, Johns Hopkins University
    What started as a dry run to ensure instruments on NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft worked properly later turned into a 10-year saga that resulted in a chance discovery unrelated to the mission's target planet, Mercury. It's about Venus and its atmosphere. The team reports April 20 in Nature Astronomy that data fortuitously collected by MESSENGER reveals a sudden rise in nitrogen concentrations at about 30 miles above Venus' surface, demonstrating the planet's atmosphere isn't uniformly mixed, as expected. That finding upends an understanding about Venus' atmosphere that has prevailed for decades. The story started...
  • Venus and Jupiter Will Both Be Visible in a Rare Pairing This Weekend. Here's How to See It.

    11/19/2019 10:07:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    yahoo ^ | November 19, 2019 | Jamie Carter
    When is the best time to see Venus and Jupiter? Look for these planets on November 24 about 45 minutes after sunset, when twilight has set in and the sky is dark enough for Venus and Jupiter to dominate. Sunset is at 4:33 p.m. in New York, and it’s at 4:45 p.m. in Los Angeles, but you should check the exact time of sunset for your location. Where can you see Venus and Jupiter? Look to the southwest to see this special celestial show. You’ll find the planets about 7° above the horizon, so it might be wise to get...
  • Catch Mercury Brushing Past Venus in a Spectacular Dusk ‘Quasi-Conjunction’ This Week

    01/05/2015 9:05:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 5, 2015 | David Dickinson
    Missing Venus? The third brightest natural object in the heavens returns to prime time dusk skies in 2015 after being absent and lingering in the dawn for most of 2014. But there’s another reason to hunt down the Cytherean world this week, as elusive Mercury chases after it low in the dusk. If you’ve never seen Mercury for yourself, now is a great time to try, using brilliant Venus as a guide.
  • Always to Remove Female Symbol from Packaging to be More “Inclusive”

    10/25/2019 8:25:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Activist Mommy ^ | October 25, 2019 | The Activist Mommy
    Just when you think gender insanity couldn’t reach a higher fever pitch. Transgender activists have successfully lobbied sanitary pad brand Always to remove the Venus symbol, which has for millennia been representative of the female sex, from the packaging of their products to “be inclusive of transgender and nonbinary customers.” CNN reports: "Transgender activists and allies had publicly urged Procter & Gamble to redesign its pad wrapper without the gender symbol, a circle atop a cross. Among their arguments were that not all people who menstruate are women and that not all women menstruate. "The change is the latest in...
  • NASA's space probe for exploring Venus should be ready by 2023

    10/23/2019 9:29:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    cnet ^ | 10/23/2019 | Alison DeNisco Rayome
    The probe will reportedly be able to survive for up to 60 days on Venus' harsh surface, where all others have made it for only a few hours. The Long-Lived In-situ Solar System Explorer, reported earlier Wednesday by Wired, is scheduled to be built and tested by 2023 and ready to face the treacherous conditions on Venus' surface for up to 60 days, including extremely high temperatures, tornadolike winds and high atmospheric pressure. Each part of the LLISSE will be designed to survive in these conditions on Venus' surface, where previous spacecraft starting in 1966 have made it only a...
  • Cori 'Coco' Gauff: What you should know about the 15-year-old who beat Venus Grand Slam

    07/06/2019 12:03:36 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Kat Tenbarge
    The daughter of two college athletes was hand-picked by Serena Williams' coach to train in Nice, France in 2015, when she was just 11. The 15-year-old took a science test at 11 PM the night before she played one of the three qualifying matches at Roehampton to make the main tournament at Wimbledon. Gauff told CNN she ended up getting a 'B' on the test, and that only one of her teachers even knew she played tennis, but are now all cheering her on. She was homeschooled by her mother, a former teacher. Gauff's mother, Candi, ran track at Florida...
  • How Mercury and Venus can guide our hunt for alien life on exoplanets

    06/22/2019 9:29:56 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 12 replies
    New Scientist ^ | June 19, 2019 | Leah Crane
    Earth's nearest neighbours have turned into uninhabitable hellholes. Understanding their transformation will teach us which rocky exoplanets might be fit for life CLOSE to the sun lie a pair of sizzling coals. You could be forgiven for thinking these strange worlds were two circles of hell: Mercury, a black and blasted plain, and Venus, a sweltering world beset by rain of pure acid. But for all the terror of their outward appearance, their insides are remarkably familiar. Along with Earth and Mars, they form the solar system’s only rocky planets, a stark contrast to the bloated gas giants that make...
  • The sun follows the rhythm of the planets

    06/05/2019 4:54:27 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 95 replies
    SpaceDaily.com ^ | May 30, 2019 | "Staff writers"
    One of the big questions in solar physics is why the Sun's activity follows a regular cycle of 11 years. Researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), an independent German research institute, now present new findings, indicating that the tidal forces of Venus, Earth and Jupiter influence the solar magnetic field, thus governing the solar cycle.
  • Failed 1970s Venus Probe Could Crash to Earth This Year

    02/25/2019 7:38:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    Cosmos 482 was a sister probe to Venera 8,which in July 1972 became the second craft to land successfully on the surface of Venus, said Don Mitchell, who studies Soviet space history and has a keen interest in that country's Venus exploration missions. But Cosmos 482 got stranded in an Earth parking orbit, Mitchell told Space.com. Some hardware from that failed flight — a heavy frame of tanks and equipment that was jettisoned — fell into Earth's atmosphere in rather short order. But some remained aloft. Still adrift around Earth, making one lap every 112 minutes, is the wayward Cosmos...
  • See Venus and Saturn to Pass Each Other at Dawn on Monday

    02/17/2019 9:14:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    space.com ^ | 02/17/2019 | Joe Rao
    Monday morning (Feb.18), you'll be able to watch two planets that will pass in the dawn. One planet is very slowly descending into the dawn twilight and into eventual obscurity, while the other will become increasingly prominent in the weeks and months to come. The planets in question are Venus and Saturn. Look for them around 5:45 a.m. local time, low above the southeast horizon. Brilliant Venus, shining with a steady silvery-white glow, will be passing about 1.1 degree above and to the left of the much dimmer and yellower Saturn. If you have a telescope you might want to...
  • VIDEO: Solar Killshot Aimed At Mars, Venus, Mercury | Level 3 Proton Storm

    09/11/2017 9:16:06 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 23 replies
    Headline of the Day ^ | Sep 10, 2017