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Venus crossing in front of the sun, via NASA SDO

Did you catch the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s videos of Venus crossing in front of the sun

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 lasted approximately 6 hours and happens in pairs eight years apart, which are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.

crossing in front of the sun

For more, YouTube user scottieM3 animated the Astronomy Picture of the Day’s images to see the entire sun as Venus passed it, and It’s Okay to Be Smart reminds us that though it looks like Venus is super close to the sun and might disappear into it, “that it’s still 108 million kilometers away.”

More about the sun and planets from our archives.

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