SDO's Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit -- Path Sequence

    Newer Older

    NASA image captured June 5-6, 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.

    Credit: NASA/SDO, AIA

    To read more about the 2012 Venus Transit go to:

    Add your photos of the Transit of Venus to our Flickr Group here:

    NASA image use policy.

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

    Follow us on Twitter

    Like us on Facebook

    Find us on Instagram

    _Benny Wenisch_, mmora01, Nomis., and 480 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    View 20 more comments

    1. Katzi! 23 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning imagery!

    2. Wsarnak 23 months ago | reply


    3. Àzìz 23 months ago | reply

      wôôw Superrr

    4. rjccski 23 months ago | reply

      Awesome image!

    5. RuloCIMA 23 months ago | reply

      Que más puedo decir!

    6. Colibrí 23 months ago | reply


    7. Fort Photo 23 months ago | reply

      Amazing stuff, glad some of my tax dollars go to NASA!

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    8. loupiote (Old Skool) pro 23 months ago | reply

      the black dots were added with photoshop. the real path of venus in front of the sun was curved shaped, not straight like shown here. this is a poor simulated image :(

    9. AnthonyGR 23 months ago | reply

      The "curve" is with respect to the sun's surface, because the sun also rotates, not with respect to the view from the earth. The earth doesn't move "up", or "down" enough in the few hours the transition took to make the trajectory look curved. Enough already with NASA simulating/faking/staging everything.

    10. loupiote (Old Skool) pro 23 months ago | reply

      that's incorrect. look at this (correct) simulation of the apparent trajectory of venus oven the sun:

      you can select your location on earth to see the apparent trajectory of venus, which changes depending on your position, but is always curve. it even looked like a loop from venezuela.

      also, i saw the transit, and i can tell that venus entered at about 12-oclock (i am talking about the position on the sun disk, not the time), then it moved downwards, then curved to the right, and exited at about 4-oclock (again, i am talking about the position on the sun disk, not the time)

      this trajectory that i saw is exactly the same as indicated by the simulator (for location = san francisco). and i cannot find a single location on earth where the apparent trajectory is linear.

      i know that the sun rotates, but the rotation of the sun takes about 25 days, and the rotation of the sun have also absolutely no effect whatsoever on the apparent trajectory of venus over the sun.

      i am not bashing NASA, i am pointing out something that all astronomers could notice. this image is a (poorely done) simulation).

    11. historyox 23 months ago | reply


    12. eagle1effi 23 months ago | reply

      artistic work

      Artistic, splendid, wonderful, amazing,
      creatively, great, extreme beautiful , ... the best Photography !

      APOD A Picturesque Venus Transit - collage


    keyboard shortcuts: previous photo next photo L view in light box F favorite < scroll film strip left > scroll film strip right ? show all shortcuts