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Venus in front of the Sun

Venus passing in front of the sun as viewed by Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

This image shows the Solar Dynamic Observatory's (SDO) ultra-high definition view of Venus, black dot at top center, passing in front of the sun on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The next transit of Venus won't be for another 105 years.

Atmosphere of the Moon | This picture was taken with the Clementine spacecraft, when the sun was behind the moon. The white area on the edge of the moon is the Lunar Horizon Glow, and the bright dot at the top is the planet Venus.

SDO's Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit - 171 Angstrom by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr

Angelic: This incredible halo around the Sun was captured by a Russian photographer as she travelled across the Tibetan desert

Every year for a few days in the month of February, the sun’s angle is such, that it lights up Horsetail Falls in Yosemite, as if it were on fire.