Venus Heading for Transit [video]

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Venus is approaching closer andcloser to its transit of the Sun. It appeared on June 1, 2012 in the field of view of SOHO’s wider field coronagraph (LASCO C3). It will cross in front of the Sun as seen from Earth on June 5-6 moving from left to right. The other less bright object moving right to left in the early part of the clip is Mercury. With coronagraphs, the Sun is blocked by an occulting disk, seen here in blue, so that SOHO can observe the much fainter features in the Sun's outer atmosphere, called the corona. The actual size of the Sun in this video is represented by the white circle.

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  1. John David_1 55 months ago | reply

    Spectacular. Mercury on the outbound, Venus on the inbound & Sol mad as hell and letting everyone know about it!

    Great time to be alive!

    I dedicate this day to Jeremiah Horrocks!

  2. geckkoe2010 55 months ago | reply

    Live Video of transit link

  3. d_howard.t21 55 months ago | reply

    Very special to be able to 'see'

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