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Cloudy Venus

Earth is not the only planet with clouds. Earth’s clouds can be an obstacle for astronomical observations. On the other hand, clouds on other planets can be the object of astronomical observations. Thick clouds hide…


Landsailing on Venus

Finally some interest again for my favorite planet! In what may be a significant step toward the seemingly far-off goal of sending a rover to the surface of Venus, NASA has awarded two grants totalling…



Close celestial buddies

Tonight at around 22:30 local time it must be dark enough in the Northern Hemisphere (and it’s certainly dark enough in the Southern and winter parts of our globe) to see Jupiter and Venus very…


Venus: putting more hell in hellhole

News from my favorite planet: ESA’s Venus Express has found the best evidence yet for active volcanism on Earth’s neighbour planet. Seeing the planet’s surface is extremely difficult due to its thick atmosphere, but radar…


Goodbye, Venus Express

ESA’s Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the low-altitude aerobraking earlier this…


A volcano on Venus

This is a thermal image of a mountain. A volcano. Maybe not unfamiliar on Earth or Io, but this volcano might still be active and is located on Venus. Scientists suspect the volcano might have…