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Hinode Views the 2012 Venus Transit

Stunning views of the 2012 transit of Venus - Hinode Mission, JAXA - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Transit of Venus

An image provided by NASA, the SDO satellite captures a ultra-high definition image of the Transit of Venus across the face of the sun on June 6 from space. The last transit was in 2004 and the next pair of events will not happen again until the year 2117 and 2125. (NASA)

Venus Transit 2012 Global Visibility MapCredit: F. Espenak, NASA GSFCThe map shows the global visibility of the Transit of Venus of June 5-6, 2012.

Venus Transit by SDOCredit: NASA/SDO/GSFCThe planet Venus (upper left) approaches the sun for a rare solar transit on June 5, 2012. This image was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

En RouteCredit: NASAVenus begins to cross the sun at 7:30 p.m. on June 5, 2012, in a rare transit seen from atop Mount Mauna Kea, Hawaii, in this still from a webcast broadcast by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.