Mercury is the planet closest to Earth — contrary to popular belief

There’s also a whirly-dirly corollary associated with this new method.

After exploring Venus’ dark side, scientists find unexpected weather

Strange things happen in the dark.

Conditions on early-Venus might have allowed for an ocean of liquid water

Well, they don’t anymore.

Venus does tectonics without any plates — and it’s possible young Earth did it too

Goddesses… always have to stand out, don’t they?

NASA creates computers that can survive on Venus, 30 years after the last landings

They’ll have to face boiling acids and extreme pressures.

Mayans may have been better at math and astronomy than we thought

Anthropologists have shown that Mayan tablets of math and astronomy have been greatly underestimated.

Venus could once have been a very welcoming planet, NASA study found

Now? Not so much.

Strong ‘electric wind’ can strip entire planets of oceans and atmosphere

This is some scary stuff.

Stargazers delight: Jupiter and Venus get up close and personal

  Last night, Jupiter and Venus nearly converged on the night sky, being so close that you actually don’t need a telescope to see their celestial dance. “Throughout the month of June 2015, the two brightest planets in the night sky, Venus and Jupiter, are going to converge for a close jaw-dropping encounter,”said NASA in a news release. #perth if

Here’s how Venus would look like without its thick clouds

Using high sensitivity radar telescopes, astronomers have managed to take a glimpse at the surface of Venus, piercing through its thick clouds.

NASA wants to explore Venus in a manned airship, then set up permanent cloud cities

As far as manned spaceflight is concerned, all attention seems to be directed toward Mars, which makes sense after all considering it’s the most Earth-like planet in the solar system. It’s not as hospitable as it was a few billion years ago, though, and because of the long trip that realistically takes at least two years a lot of things

GeoPicture of the Week: Volcanoes on Five Worlds – Venus’ Maat Mons, Earth’s Karymsky, Mars’ Olympus Mons, Io, and Enceladus

Image via Reddit.

Mercury iron might be the result of cosmic collision

The Earth contains a lot of iron, but it is not alone in the solar system in that aspect. Venus, Mars, the Moon and asteroids such as Vesta all have iron in their structure, but Mercury is the champion in that aspect: about 70 percent of its mass is iron! Now, researchers believe they have found why Mercury is so

Cassini Spies Bright Venus From Saturn Orbit

I’m an absolute fan of the Cassini spacecraft – this is hands down my favorite mission. I mean, it’s been providing us incredibly valuable information for years now, in a very interesting area of our solar system, the Jupiter-Saturn area. This mission is one of the main reasons why we now believe places like Europa to be the most likely

Ice cold layer discovered in the atmosphere of the hottest planet

In a surprising find, scientists have discovered a cold layer sandwiched between two hot ones in Venus atmosphere, the hottest planet in the solar system. The said layer is so cold, that carbon dioxide freezes over and falls down on the surface as ice or snow. Popular astronomical conception has Venus portrayed as Earth’s evil twin, a sort of hell to match

Today’s Venus transit in [PHOTOS]

Hope some of you caught the Venus transit today, an event in which the planet travels across the face of the sun, appearing as a small, moving dot on its surface from observers on Earth. Don’t worry, if you missed it though – the next one is only in 100 years or so.   I woke up pretty excited to catch

Venus at its brightest this week, while Venus transit marks once in a life time opportunity next month

Summer is set to kick-off with a series of beautiful Venus related events, from an astronomical point of view at least. This week, the planet will appear at its brightest in the night sky, as it nears almost ideal observational circumstances – close distance to Earth and sun phase. Also, at the beginning of June, Venus will pass across the

Venus and Jupiter cuddle in the night sky

It’s really not too late to catch the spectacular show offered by Venus and Jupiter; on Monday and Tuesday evening, the two planets will appear in the sky at a distance of only three degrees – a distance which has been narrowing since early March, and is now reaching its minimum values. The two planets are visible on the night

The world spinning with the stars [VIDEO]

Here’s another amazing time-lapse video we’d like to recommend for your selected viewing. Shot by photographer Brad Goldpaint, the video, which he titled Breaking Point, shows a stunning panoramic view of the night sky with stars wheeling. What makes it really amazing is the manner in which it’s been made, as Goldpaint used a technique he calls Delineated. Thus, the wheeling

Ozone layer found on Venus

ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has found an ozone layer high in the atmosphere of Venus, similar to that surrounding Earth and Mars according to astronomers. Ozone is considered fundumental to providing an environment capable of supporting life, as it absorbs much of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet ray. This recent discovery will provide highly valuable insight as to how life formed on our