NASA sends sounding rocket with telescope on it into space (and back) to learn more about water on Venus.
If you were a bee with excellent eyesight, this is what the transit of Venus last June would have looked like.
Venus is sometimes called the Earth's twin because of its similar size and orbital distance from the Sun, but it's more like a backwards, inside-out Earth. Venus rotates on its axis in the opposite direction from the solar system's other planets, and it's hot — surface temperatures average around 890°F. But it looks like Venus isn't hot all over.
Back In 2004, we Earthlings got to watch Venus pass between ourselves and the Sun for the first time since 1882. It's going to happen again on Tuesday, and if you miss it, the next chance you'll get to see it is in 2117, and, well, good luck with that. Here's now to make sure you catch all the action.
The surface of Venus is not a pleasant place to live. It's really freakin' hot (900 degrees), the pressure is stifling (92 times Earth normal), and the clouds are made of sulfur dioxide. We're pretty sure that nothing could survive down there, especially not some imaginary scorpions that a Russian scientist thinks he sees in old pictures of Venus' surface.
Sometimes, you can't go to Starbucks, so you buy their coffee beans and make it at home. You have Starbucks come to you. Well, scientists did the same thing, but with the planet Venus.
Look out, Intel. Fujitsu just unleashed the fastest processor in the world, a startling 2.5 times quicker than Intel's speediest chip. Supercomputer users will love "Venus," the eight core processor that's capable of 128 billion computations per second. What all...
If anyone has ever told you that taking a leak out in the garden is just a natural way to help the grass and plants to grow, you can now suggest a slightly less embarrassing way to do the...