SDO's Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit - 171 Angstrom

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    NASA image captured June 5, 2012.

    On June 5-6 2012, SDO is collecting images of one of the rarest predictable solar events: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.

    Credit: NASA/SDO, AIA

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    1. Nomis. 33 months ago | reply

      So Spectacular

    2. ihatefog 33 months ago | reply

      I guys win! I doubt that anything will top this one. WOW!

    3. thebadastronomer 33 months ago | reply

      Yegads! AWESOME!

    4. daknoll 33 months ago | reply

      Thanks for posting!

    5. NASA Goddard Photo and Video 33 months ago | reply

      Much obliged! Just wait 'til we get our video out in the next few hours!

    6. huntster 33 months ago | reply

      Great image! I'm intrigued by the very straight structure just to the bottom left of Venus...I wonder what that resulted from.

      I've archived this on Wikimedia Commons at

    7. helangsenja 33 months ago | reply

      Subhanallah.. The wonderfull creation of Allah..

    8. dodagp 33 months ago | reply

      Awesome !!!!!
      Feel really flabbergasted !!!!!!

    9. Gabriel Roybal 33 months ago | reply

      so great! once in a lifetime!

    10. lansca 33 months ago | reply

      such an amazing event and a great capture of reality. Makes me realize the magnitude of SUN

    11. Daisy Birch 33 months ago | reply

      What a pic of that sun! So dramatically beautiful!
      Is there anything that exists that we love and need that is universally seen as actually ugly?
      even the insides of fruits and star clusters. Perhaps we're designed that way :-)
      But I really mean this as a question :-)

    12. sure2talk 33 months ago | reply

      I'm lost for words, just in awe of the amazing sun and how tiny Venus looks in comparison.

    13. FOTOLUCE STUDIO 33 months ago | reply

      We are so little...

    14. Gabriel Roybal 33 months ago | reply

      still cant get over this image!!! - gabriel roybal

    15. SisiMissa 32 months ago | reply

      Does Street-View work there ?

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