Venus

  • Venus never had oceans, climate model shows

    Too hot, no rain, but the search for Venusian oceans will continue.

    New research has revealed that Venus may have been too hot to ever form oceans on its surface. In many ways, our n...

    Astronomy October 14, 2021
  • What you may have missed…

    Baby pterosaurs soaring, Venusian weather, crafty crows and more – here’s what went on in last we...

    Baby pterosaurs fly the nest Infant pterosaurs may have taken to the air as soon as they cracked out of the egg, a...

    Birds July 26, 2021
  • The surface of Venus is geologically active

    New study of the ‘hellish’ planet reveals tectonic activity, disproves solid lithosphere theory.

    Venus’ surface is not a single, solid “lithosphere”, as once thought, but a patchwork of tectonic plates with similar...

    Astrophysics June 22, 2021
  • Return to the Forgotten Planet

    Could Venus have once supported life? Four planned missions should go a long way towards finding ...

    With scientists increasingly excited about the possibility that Venus might once have had an ocean capable of support...

    Space June 18, 2021
  • NASA’s going back to Venus

    Two new missions to our sister planet will launch within a decade.

    NASA is on a mission (two missions, actually) to discover what turned Earth’s “sister planet”, Venus, into the hellis...

    News June 3, 2021
  • Snapshot

    Venus: First Peoples recognising the Morning and Evening Star

    Australia’s First Peoples’ detailed understanding of the planets and their complex motions. Disco...

    By Kirsten Banks and Duane Hamacher. Venus is the brightest planet and third brightest object in the sky after the...

    Astronomy May 31, 2021
  • What our clouds might tell us about Venus

    Aerobiology, microorganisms and prospects of life.

    Researchers in the emerging field of aerobiology are using microorganisms swept up in the Earth’s atmosphere to probe...

    Astronomy December 16, 2020
  • Was Earth once a bit more like Venus?

    Researchers create magma to model our old atmosphere.

    The degassing of early Earth’s magma ocean may have produced an atmosphere on Earth similar to that found on Venus to...

    Astronomy November 28, 2020
  • Venus keeps teasing us about life

    Phosphine gas has been detected in its atmosphere.

    Scientists studying the atmosphere of Venus have found traces of a rare chemical that on Earth can only be produced b...

    Astronomy September 15, 2020
  • Volcanoes are still active on Venus

    New 3D model shows the planet is churning inside.

    For decades, scientists thought the planet Venus was geologically dead. But it turns out it still has plenty of life:...

    Astronomy July 21, 2020
  • Super-rotation and Venus’ atmosphere

    Researchers suggest it’s due to tides, waves and turbulence.

    Scientists tracking the thick clouds of Venus’ rapidly rotating atmosphere say they have gained new insights into the...

    Astronomy April 27, 2020
  • New insights into habitability of Venus

    Study finds lava flow didn’t contain water.

    A lava flow on Venus once believed to have been formed under wet conditions early in the planet’s history was actuall...

    Astronomy October 14, 2019
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