- Jun 8, 2004When Venus eclipsed the Sun, its peculiar atmosphere showed itself briefly. Among rocky bodies like Earth, only Mars, Venus and Saturn's moon, Titan, have much of an atmosphere. But the thick shroud of Venus makes up for others' shortcomings-particularly after a greenhouse took over the
- Jun 7, 2004No one alive today could have witnessed the kind of astronomical events to transpire on June 8, when the rarest solar eclipse by Venus will be visible to seventy-five percent of Earth. In 1882-the last time a Venusian transit happened--astronomers recorded first accurate measurements of
- Jan 18, 2004As stunning martian panoramas captivate the world's attention, some interplanetary scientists are also glancing back over time to other surface landers on exotic horizons. Visiting Venus up-close however is not something to do without a camera and flame-retardant gear handy.
- Nov 13, 2002Thick Venusian clouds mask a dense greenhouse atmosphere that is inhospitably hot. But 30 miles up from the surface, conditions suggest a more temperate zone. Some scientists wonder what strange equilibrium sustains a reactive gas mixture that shouldn't co-exist there: exotic biology or not?