From the Solar Dynamics Observatory: firt image of Planet Venus transiting the Sun

These are the first images and videos of the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun, the last one for another 105 years.  From the Solar Dynamics Observatory: Planet Venus transiting the Sun in the 304 Angstrom wavelength at approx. 90,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Credit: NASA/SDO



Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study 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.

The videos and images displayed here are constructed from several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light and a portion of the visible spectrum.  The red colored sun is the 304 angstrom ultraviolet, the golden colored sun is 171 angstrom, the magenta sun is 1700 angstrom, and the orange sun is filtered visible light.  304 and 171 show the atmosphere of the sun, which does not appear in the visible part of the spectrum.

Solar Dynamics Observatory image of the Venus transit with stunning coronal loops
Solar Dynamics Observatory image of the Venus transit with stunning coronal loops. Credit: NASA/SDO