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Venus is the second planet from the Sun, orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days. The planet is named after Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty. After the Moon, it is the brightest natural object in the night sky, reaching an apparent magnitude of −4.6, bright enough to cast shadows. Because Venus is an inferior planet from Earth, it never appears to venture far from the Sun: its elongation reaches a maximum of 47.8°. Venus reaches its maximum brightness shortly before sunrise or shortly after sunset, for which reason it has been known as the Morning Star or Evening Star. Venus is classified as a terrestrial planet and it is sometimes called Earth’s “sister planet” due to the similar size, gravity, and bulk composition. — Wikipedia

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Venus News -- ScienceDaily Planet Venus News. Science articles on the planet Venus including up-to-date detailed images, related missions and more.

  • Venus' ancient layered, folded rocks point to...
    on September 17, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Researchers has found that some of the oldest terrain on Venus, known as tesserae, have layering that seems consistent with volcanic activity. The finding could provide insights into the enigmatic planet's geological history.

  • Scientists discover volcanoes on Venus are still...
    on July 20, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    A new study identified 37 recently active volcanic structures on Venus. The study provides some of the best evidence yet that Venus is still a geologically active planet.

  • Atmospheric tidal waves maintain Venus'...
    on April 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    An international research team has revealed that the 'super-rotation' on Venus is maintained near the equator by atmospheric tidal waves formed from solar heating on the planet's dayside and cooling on its nightside.

  • Giant pattern discovered in the clouds of planet...
    on January 10, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Astronomers have identified a giant streak structure among the clouds covering planet Venus based on observation from the spacecraft Akatsuki. The team also revealed the origins of this structure using large-scale climate simulations.

  • Is there life adrift in the clouds of Venus?
    on March 30, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    In the search for extraterrestrial life, scientists have turned over all sorts of rocks. Mars, for example, has geological features that suggest it once had -- and still has -- subsurface liquid water. Scientists have also eyed Saturn's moons as well as Jupiter's as possible havens for life in the oceans under their icy crusts. Now, however, scientists are dusting off an old idea that promises a new vista in the hunt for life beyond Earth: the clouds of Venus.


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  • Water on exoplanet cloud tops could be found with...
    on September 22, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    University of Warwick astronomers have shown that water vapor can potentially be detected in the atmospheres of exoplanets by peering literally over the tops of their impenetrable clouds.

  • Parker Solar Probe, Akatsuki and Earth-bound...
    on September 21, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Observations of Venus by NASA's Parker Solar Probe, JAXA's Akatsuki mission and astronomers around the world have given a rare cloud-top-to-surface glimpse of the Earth's neighboring planet. The results are being presented this week at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020, which is taking place as a virtual meeting from 21 September-9 October.

  • If there is life on Venus, how could it have got...
    on September 21, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    The recent discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus is exciting, as it may serve as a potential sign of life (among other possible explanations).

  • The four most promising worlds for alien life in...
    on September 18, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    The Earth's biosphere contains all the known ingredients necessary for life as we know it. Broadly speaking these are: liquid water, at least one source of energy, and an inventory of biologically useful elements and molecules.

  • The detection of phosphine in Venus' clouds is a...
    on September 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    On Sept. 14, 2020, a new planet was added to the list of potentially habitable worlds in the Solar System: Venus.