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  • Chere Brown

    Venus Transits the Sun Venus orbits closer to the Sun than the Earth does, and on rare occasions our orbits align such that Venus passes directly in front of the Sun. The last time this happened was in 2004, and it happened again on June 5, 2012. Probably millions of photos of the event were taken, but one of my favorites is this view from the NASA/JAXA (Japanese Space Agency) Hinode spacecraft,

  • Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD)

    Venus at the Edge (June 9 2012) Image Credit: JAXA, NASA, Lockheed Martin As its June 6 2012 transit begins Earth's sister planet crosses the edge of the Sun in this stunning view from the Hinode spacecraft. The timing of limb crossings during the rare transits was used historically to triangulate the distance to Venus and determine a value for the Earth-Sun distance called the astronomical unit. (...) #astronomy

  • Debbie Ruckman

    Venus in transit across the view of the Sun

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