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Extreme Weather on Venus Might Change the Length of Its Days

Venus might seem rather Earthly, given its similar size and presence of a thick, carbon dioxide-filled atmosphere. But the more scientists observe it, the more surprises the second planet from the Sun throws at us. Read More >>

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Are Jupiter and Venus Messing With Earth’s Climate?

Our planet is in a remarkably circular orbit around the Sun, but as new research points out, Earth’s orbit sometimes experiences a slight jolt, thanks to the combined gravitational influence of Jupiter and Venus. Incredibly, this cycle has been going on for at least 215 million years — and one scientist suggests it could possibly have influenced the trajectory of life on this planet, according to the new study published yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read More >>

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The Plan to Bring a Little Bit of Venus Back to Earth

Venus, arguably the most Earth-like world we know of, is an enigma. Despite decades of studying Venus from afar, and sending off probes to melt into metallic puddles on its surface, we still don’t understand why our nearest neighbour is a toxic hellscape. But scientists hope to change that, with a bold new mission that would bring a taste of Venus’ alien atmosphere back to Earth. Read More >>

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Japan Forced to Shut Down Two Cameras on Venus Probe

Following an unexpected energy surge, Japan’s space agency has hit the pause button on two of the five cameras aboard its Venus-orbiting Akatsuki spacecraft. It’s a bad sign for the troubled orbiter, which has been exposed to more radiation than anticipated. Read More >>

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Watch 104 Satellites Fire Out of a Rocket In Record-Setting Space Mission

Today, India blew away all previous records for launching multiple satellites at one time. Watching each of these little guys with their own individual purposes flood the sky and kick the country’s space programme into overdrive is just as cool as it sounds. Read More >>

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NASA Has Finally Built a Computer Chip To Survive on Venus

You might wonder why Mars gets all the interplanetary attention when Venus, our sister planet, is actually closer. Well, the hellish orb has the hottest surface in the solar system, hotter than Mercury. Combined with its dense, caustic atmosphere, none of our computers can handle Venus for more than a few hours. Now, scientists think they’ve come up with a solution. Read More >>

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An Enormous Atmospheric Anomaly Has Been Spotted On Venus

Using the Akatsuki spacecraft, Japanese scientists have detected a large, bow-shaped anomaly in the upper atmosphere of Venus. Strangely, the 6,200-mile-long structure is refusing to budge despite the 225 mile-per-hour winds that surround it. Read More >>

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Could We Turn Other Planets and Moons Into a Second Earth?

This planet of ours isn't going to last forever, and who knows what’s going to happen to the world that far off into the future (or even after November 8th). Life Noggin decided to conduct a little brain exercise about how we could convert a planet like Mars or Venus, or a moon like Europa, into a second Earth. Read More >>

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There’s Growing Evidence That Venus Was Once Habitable

If you could hop in a time-travelling spacecraft, go back three billion years and land any place in our solar system, where would you want to end up? Earth, with its barren continents and unbreathable atmosphere? Or Mars, a chillier version its big brother? Wait, what about Venus? Read More >>

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Clouds Reveal Features on the Surface of Venus

Venus’s unusually thick atmosphere is typically regarded as a barrier that prevents us from gazing upon its tortured surface. By studying subtle shifts in weather patterns, however, scientists have learned that these clouds also offer important clues as to what lies beneath. Read More >>

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The Atmosphere of Venus is More Terrifying

Add this to the list of reasons Venus is a blistering hellscape: not only is the surface hot enough to melt lead, where sulphuric acid rainstorms burn gaping holes in your partially melted spaceship, it’s also got a monstrous electric wind that appears to have helped strip all the water out of the atmosphere. Good luck gardening in your cloud city. Read More >>

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We Just Learned Something Crazy About the Atmosphere of Venus

Venus is a blistering hellscape of a planet that melts anything it comes in contact with, right? Not entirely. The data from the European Space Agency’s first mission to Venus is back, and with it comes some fascinating insights into our nearest neighbours atmosphere. It turns out, parts of Venus are very, very cold. Read More >>

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Celebrate the Daring Salvage of a Wayward Spacecraft With This Gorgeous Shot of Venus

Venus, you look different. Did you gain an orbiter since last time we saw you? Read More >>

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Venus’ South Pole Is an Ever-Swirling Hellish Mess

This striking combo image of Venus’ dynamic south pole was released today by the European Space Agency on the tenth anniversary of its Venus Express mission. It’a mess. Read More >>