Venus glory11 March 2014
Venus glory11 March 2014 A rainbow-like feature known as a ‘glory’ has been seen by ESA’s Venus Express orbiter in the atmosphere of our nearest neighbour – the first time one has been fully imaged on another planet.
The fast winds of Venus are getting faster18 June 2013
The fast winds of Venus are getting faster18 June 2013 The most detailed record of cloud motion in the atmosphere of Venus chronicled by ESA’s Venus Express has revealed that the planet’s winds have steadily been getting faster over the last six years.
When a planet behaves like a comet29 January 2013
When a planet behaves like a comet29 January 2013 ESA’s Venus Express has made unique observations of Venus during a period of reduced solar wind pressure, discovering that the planet’s ionosphere balloons out like a comet’s tail on its nightside.
Have Venusian volcanoes been caught in the act?03 December 2012
Have Venusian volcanoes been caught in the act?03 December 2012 Six years of observations by ESA’s Venus Express have shown large changes in the sulphur dioxide content of the planet’s atmosphere, and one intriguing possible explanation is volcanic eruptions.
A curious cold layer in the atmosphere of Venus01 October 2012
A curious cold layer in the atmosphere of Venus01 October 2012 Venus Express has spied a surprisingly cold region high in the planet’s atmosphere that may be frigid enough for carbon dioxide to freeze out as ice or snow.
Transit of Venus wows astronomers worldwide06 June 2012
Transit of Venus wows astronomers worldwide06 June 2012 Astronomers around the world looked to the sky last night and this morning to observe Venus as it passed across the face of the Sun for the last time this century. ESA’s Sun-watching space missions also tuned in for the solar spectacular.