NASA: Let's Explore Venus In Solar Zeppelins And Build Cloud City There

There’s a lot we can learn about Earth’s atmosphere from studying Venus, however, it’s Venus’ crushingly thick air — precisely what we want to study — that is preventing us from sending manned missions there. But this radical zeppelin could finally help us unlock the secrets of our celestial neighbour.

Venus By Day And Night In A Single Image

This is Venus as you’ve never seen it before: on the left, the planet during the day captured in visible light, and on the right, the night side, captured using infrared light, both at the same time.

This Beautiful Blur Of Colour Is A Space Rainbow Over Venus

This isn’t some sort of alien test card beamed from Venus but a rainbow-like optical phenomenon known as a glory in the atmosphere of our nearest planetary neighbour. In fact, it’s the first time a glory has ever been imaged on another planet, and it was snapped by the European Space Agency’s Venus Express.

We Got Our First Close-up Look At Venus 40 Years Ago Today

Venus’ perpetually overcast skies had long obscured our view of the planet, making it appear nearly featureless when viewed in the visible light spectrum. But when viewed through Mariner 10′s ultraviolet-filtered camera lens, the second planet from the sun can be seen in unprecedented detail.

These Cloud Waves Over Venus Are Caused By Its Unseen Mountains

How do we know that there are mountains on Venus? It is completely blanketed by high-level clouds and, at visible wavelengths, we cannot see its surface at all. Here is indirect proof for their existence.

Venus Couldn't Be More Awesome Than In This Photo

This looks like your brain on drugs, but it’s actually a rare solar eclipse from last June in which Venus moved between the Sun and the Earth the way the Moon usually does.

India Thought Jupiter And Venus Were Actually Chinese Spy Drones

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Chinese spy drone! Oh, and there’s another one! That’s what the Indian Army must’ve thought when they saw two specks of something “spying on them” in the sky. Instead, what India thought were Chinese spy drones turned out to be… Jupiter and Venus.

The Surface Of Venus Looks Really Hot

It’s kind of hard to scope things out on Venus because the surface probes we send get obliterated pretty quickly by the heat. Pictures of Venus’ surface do exist, though, and this one shows “large circular domes” that look pretty darn hot. The domes are thought to be magma erupting through vents, in a process that happens on Earth too, called volcanism. Get it? Volcanoes? Get it? OK. Moving on.

Can You Find Venus Hiding Inside Saturn's Rings?

If you’re looking at the picture above and now checking your screen to see if you have a dead pixel, don’t worry, you don’t. That’s just Venus hiding through Saturn’s rings. Taken by the Cassini, Earth’s twin planet looks like a blinding white speck of dust.

If You Were Arriving At Venus, This Is What You Would See

Mariner 10 took the first close-up photo of Venus on February 5, 1974. It’s still the best and most mesmerising photo of the planet we have seen.