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

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.




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  • Àzìz 3y

    wôôw Superrr
  • rjccski PRO 3y

    Awesome image!
  • RuloCIMA 3y

    Que más puedo decir!
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  • Michael Menefee PRO 3y

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

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Loupiote PRO 3y

    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 :(
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  • Anthony PRO 3y

    Loupiote 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.
  • Loupiote PRO 3y

    Anthony 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).
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  • eagle1effi PRO 3y

    artistic work
    Artistic, splendid, wonderful, amazing,
    creatively, great, extreme beautiful , ... the best Photography !
    APOD A Picturesque Venus Transit - collage

  • james anthony gue lee han 3y

    on Earth.
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