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

NASA image captured June 6, 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.




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  • James Martin 3y

  • kathyturner1 3y

    What an image - of such lightness and brightness and power and depth and turbulence. Congratulations,
  • Shawn 3y

    i am so in love with these images. I'm glowing!
  • hilda145 3y

    These are the wonders and marvelous creations of our Grand creator Jehovah!
  • Doda -Maryoga 3y

    Majestic !!!!!!!
  • Cruceta 3y

    Amen hilda145! He is in control of all that power
  • walk_the_talk 3y

    whatever! This is science time not story time.
  • ♥ Angel of light ♥ 3y

    incredible, like a ball of liquid gold
  • sure2talk 3y

    Truly incredible image. I got up before dawn to watch the transit but heavy cloud and rain made it impossible to see - so thanks for the pictures!
  • Carlo Ricci 3y

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