This artistic impression depicts our Solar System neighbour Venus, where scientists have confirmed the detection of phosphine molecules. The molecules were detected in the Venusian high clouds in data from the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, in which ESO is a partner. Astronomers have speculated […]

On September 18, 2017, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli shot this image from the International Space Station showing the Moon rising above the Earth’s horizon together with Mercury, Mars, the star Regulus, and Venus. Credit: ESA/NASA One has a thick poisonous atmosphere, one has hardly any atmosphere at all, and one […]

Venus is the second planet from the Sun. Credit: NASA ETH researchers used computer simulations to classify the current activity of corona structures on the surface of Venus. To their surprise, they found a previously undiscovered ring of fire on our neighboring planet. Years ago, planetary researchers discovered unusual circular structures […]

Animation New 3D model provides evidence that Venus is churning inside. A new study identified 37 recently active volcanic structures on Venus. The study provides some of the best evidence yet that Venus is still a geologically active planet. A research paper on the work, which was conducted by researchers at the […]

An artist’s concept of active volcanos on Venus, depicting a subduction zone where the foreground crust plunges into the planet’s interior at the topographic trench. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Peter Rubin Under consideration to become the next Discovery Program mission, VERITAS would reveal the inner workings of Earth’s mysterious “twin.” Imagine Earth. Now […]

Venus – Computer Simulated Global View Centered at 90 Degrees East Longitude. Credit: NASA/JPL Images from the Akatsuki spacecraft unveil what keeps Venus’s atmosphere rotating much faster than the planet itself. An international research team led by Takeshi Horinouchi of Hokkaido Universityhas revealed that this ‘super-rotation’ is maintained near the equator by […]

Akatsuki: surveying lightning emission in Venus’ sea of clouds and observing cloud layers on the horizon (by Akihiro Ikeshita). A conceptual image of Akatsuki observing cloud layers with lightning. Credit: JAXA By tracking the thick clouds of Venus’ rapidly rotating atmosphere, researchers have gained new insight into the dynamic forces that […]