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What is a transit of Venus?
-When Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun."
When is it?
-The next transit of Venus occurs June 5 or 6, 2012, depending on your location. Observers in North America see it the evening of June 5. This will be the last transit of Venus to occur in your lifetime.
What should I do?
-Mark your calendar. Plan your observing location and eye safety. Tell friends. Download and support the ToV phone app. Enjoy the rare sight!
Earth spacecraft have detected this ion tail.
The "induced magnetotail" that points away from Venus in the direction of the earth is a teardrop-shaped plasma structure filled with “a lot of little stringy things” that was first detected by NASA’s Pioneer Venus Orbiter in the late 1970s
In 1997, Europe’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) Satellite showed that the tail stretched some 45,000,000 kilometres into space, more than 600 times as far as anyone had realized and almost far enough to “tickle” the earth when the two planets are in line with the sun.
How could these things get to Earth then?
The clouds on Venus are thought to be the planet's best bet for life because the temperatures there are cooler than at the too-hot surface, and water vapor has been detected in the atmosphere.
"The temperature and pressure there are entirely congenial to the survival of certain types of microbes," said researcher Chandra Wickramasinghe of the Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology at Cardiff University in Wales. "Microbes are known to survive in similar environments on Earth."
...a new paper argues not only that Venusian clouds could harbor microbial life, but also that the life there could potentially hitch a ride aboard the solar wind to Earth.
So in other words, and this is actually my opinion as well, the chance for life to exist on Venus, microbial or otherwise, is extremely low. The chance that this life could survive a trip trough space to Earth on this ion tail is even more unlikely. Even more damaging to this potential doomsday theory is the fact that Venus transited the Sun back in June 8th 2004 and we are all still here, well at least those of us that are still here are all still here.
the assertion that this life could potentially float from Venus to Earth is novel, and contentious.