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NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory’s HD Video of 2012 Venus Transit

NASA SDO 2012 Venus Transit

Sequence of images from Solar Dynamic Observatory in 171 wavelength of the Venus transit, merged together to show the path of Venus across the sun. Credit: NASA/SDO

In case you missed it, here is video footage of the 2012 Venus transit from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Launched on February 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun’s atmosphere, magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth’s atmospheric chemistry and climate. SDO provides images with resolution 8 times better than high-definition television and returns more than a terabyte of data each day.


Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO

On June 5, 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event—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.

The videos and images displayed here are constructed from several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light and a portion of the visible spectrum. The red colored sun is the 304-angstrom ultraviolet, the golden-colored sun is 171 angstrom, the magenta sun is 1700 angstrom, and the orange sun is filtered visible light. 304 and 171 show the atmosphere of the sun, which does not appear in the visible part of the spectrum.

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  • Amazing video. I notice that when the planet passes over the sun it looks like there is an after image, is that from the spacecraft data?

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