Venus Has Space Weather Explosions That Are Larger Than the Planet

A common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of the magnetosphere, the magnetic bubble that surrounds the earth (and protects the surface of the planet from solar radiation) are "hot flow anomalies." These are, in effect, enormous explosions. NASA researchers recently discovered that the same phenomenon occurs… » 6/08/14 10:40am 6/08/14 10:40am

Venus tried to eclipse the sun. It's not its fault it didn't work.

Last year saw the most recent transit of Venus, as our planetary sibling passed directly between the Sun and our planet. It's an exceedingly rare event—the next one isn't due until 2117, and that's actually a bit ahead of the normal schedule. But what exactly is the Transit of Venus? In a sense, it's just a really » 8/25/13 2:00pm 8/25/13 2:00pm

Alien life in our solar system, according to pulp-art legend Frank R.…

Almost fifty years after his death, Frank R. Paul remains one of the biggest names in science fiction art and pulp magazine illustration. These visions of life on moons and planets throughout our solar system (recently posted to reddit with no attribution to Paul, his work, or his impact) provide us with another… » 4/08/13 3:20pm 4/08/13 3:20pm

Everything you need to know to catch Tuesday's rare transit of Venus

On Tuesday, the planet Venus will pass between Earth and the Sun, appearing to cross the face of our star in a rare event known as a "transit." The next transit of Venus to be visible from Earth won't happen until December 2117. In other words: you don't want to miss this. Here's everything you need to know to catch a… » 6/04/12 5:30pm 6/04/12 5:30pm

Artist photoshops the curves off of art history's goddesses

What if the portraits of the Old Masters were painted in the twenty-first century? According to designer Anna Utopia Giordano, the Venuses of works like Botticelli's Nascita di Venere would be subjected to the same stringent morphological standards of today's supermodels and starlets. Here are some postcards from this… » 4/13/12 2:55pm 4/13/12 2:55pm