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Jul 29 2014
13:00 UTC

Venus Express Survives Close Encounter With Hellish Atmosphere

It was a daring maneuver, but the plan to put Venus Express lower in the planet's thick atmosphere has worked. For the past month, the European Space Agency steered the long-running spacecraft to altitudes as low as 81 miles (131 kilometers) for a couple of minutes at a time. Now the spacecraft has been steered […]

Posted by Universe Today

Jul 24 2014
11:56 UTC

The Cresent Moon vists Venus and Mercury, Morning July 25-26, 2014

Morning sky on Friday July 25 looking north-east as seen from Adelaide at 6:30 am ACST. The crescent Moon is close to Venus. Mercury is close to the horizon. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at equivalent local times. (click to embiggen). Morning sky on Saturday July 26 looking north-east as seen from Adelaide at 6:30 am ACST. VThe crescent Moon is close to Mercury . Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at equivalent local times. (click to embiggen). On the morning of

Posted by Astroblog

Jul 21 2014
18:10 UTC

4 Sky Events This Week: Saturn Stands While Meteors Fly

Saturn, the true “Lord of the Rings,” dominates the evening sky this week, while the summer's first meteor shower gets under way. Saturn at full stop.ÂOn Monday, July 21, the ringed world will appear at a standstill in the sky, relative to the background stars in the zodiacal constellation Libra, the Scales. Astronomers call this…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Jul 15 2014
15:18 UTC

Venus Express Survived Its Dive!

Having made over 3,000 orbits of Venus over the past eight years, ESA's Venus Express has (as of May 15) completed its science mission and is now in the final few months of its operational life. With a nothing-left-to-lose attitude, the spacecraft recently made a daring and risky dive down into the upper layers of […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Jul 12 2014
18:00 UTC

Comet Jacques Is Back! Joins Venus and Mercury at Dawn

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques has returned! Before it disappearedÂin the solar glow this spring, the comet reachedÂmagnitude +6, the naked eye limit. Now it's back at dawn, rising higher each morning as it treks toward darker skies. Just days after its July 2 perihelion, the fuzzball will be in conjunction with the planet Venus tomorrow […]

Posted by Universe Today

Jul 10 2014
01:00 UTC

Surfing Venus

Venus is a planet blanketed in a thick, soupy atmosphere, but that doesn't mean it is beyond our grasp. The Venus Express spacecraft has been orbiting our sister planet for eight years and has completed its science mission. Its last month has been spent orbiting lower and lower into Venus's atmosphere in preparation for the end of the mission. Tomorrow at 8am PDT (15 GMT) you'll be able to ask questions of the European Space Agency's science and spacecraft operations

Posted by CosmoQuest Blog

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