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Venus Peeps Back Into View at Dusk

After a long drought, a bright planet emerges in the western sky. Welcome back, Venus!

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An Exquisite Venus–Jupiter Conjunction

Venus bids farewell at dawn, but not before a close encounter with returning Jupiter.

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Venus and Mars Kiss at Dawn

Be sure to set the alarm so you don't miss the squeaky-tight conjunction of Venus and Mars Thursday morning. They'll stay close through the weekend.

Venus clockwork rover

Spacecraft and Space Missions

"Clockwork Rover" for Venus Exploration

Engineers have come up with an innovative "clockwork rover" concept designed to survive the hostile environment of Venus.

Venus over Lake Superior

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Watch Venus and Uranus Double Up Beneath a Comet

Following an occultation of Rho Leonis by the Moon, watch Venus and Uranus pair up in a weekend conjunction just 10° from Comet ER61 PanSTARRS.

Pointy Planet

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See an Ultrathin Venus Crescent

With Venus approaching inferior conjunction, don't miss the chance to see one of the thinnest Venus crescents of your life.

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Three Crescents and a Sinking Comet

If you're crazy about crescents, you'll find your happy place this week between the Moon and Venus. Meanwhile, we shift our focus from 45P/H-M-P to another famous periodic comet, 2P/Encke.

Mystery Object? No, Just Sirius

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Why Are There So Many UFOs?

In an age when UFO sightings are rife, we look at other possibilities that may help to explain the strange apparitions many see.

Venus by the Slice

Celestial News & Events

Moon Occults Venus on December 7th

After taking us to Comet Catalina's doorstep, the Moon covers Venus in a spectacular daytime occultation visible from most of North and Central America on Monday, December 7, 2015.

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Visit Venus in Its Darkest Hour

Keep your eye on the prize in the western sky. Venus sets exceptionally late this month, presenting skywatchers with several unusual observing opportunities.

Conjunction

Venus and Jupiter: Superclose Conjunction Before Dawn on August 18th

If you rise before dawn on Monday, August 18th, you'll be rewarded with the sight of the closest planet pairing of the year — and not just any planets, but the two brightest ones: Venus and Jupiter.

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Close Venus-Jupiter Conjunction on August 18th

Here's your invitation to view a spectacular close conjunction of the sky's two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, before dawn on Monday morning.

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