Most stunning image of Venus transit by Hinode

This is the most impressive image of the Venus transit, taken by Hinode, a joint mission by the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and NASA.  Image credit: JAXA/NASA/Lockheed Martin

Hinode is a joint JAXA/NASA mission to study the connections of the sun’s surface magnetism, primarily in and around sunspots. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages Hinode science operations and oversaw development of the scientific instrumentation provided for the mission by NASA, and industry. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., is the lead U.S. investigator for the X-ray Telescope.

Transit of Venus and Airplane:

A short clip of an airplane caught transiting the Sun along with Venus on June 5, 2012.