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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wordless Wednesday with Linky: NASA | SDO's View of 2012 Venus Transit


The Transit of Venus - June 5, 2012




All right, a little wordy today, but a little background on the video above, The Transit of Venus that took place last week on June 5.

Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun's atmosphere, magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth's atmospheric chemistry and climate.  SDO provides images with resolution 8 times better than high-definition television and returns more than a terabyte of data each day.

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

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.

The music for the video is Requiem for a Dream by Clint Mansell.
 





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31 comments:

  1. Such an amazing event, wasn't it? How lucky we are to have been around to see it.

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  2. So cool!! Thanks for sharing :) I was so excited about Venus passing over the sun!

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  3. I agree with the others! Very cool event!

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  4. So CoOL! Our summer reading program this year is focusing on stars, galaxies and all things space! So this is really fun!

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  5. Way cool! I enjoyed that! Blessings to you from NanaHood. Come link up!

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  6. That was amazing. Thanks for the video and the history lesson.

    Have a terrific WW. :)

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  7. Awesome video! Our universe is so amazing.

    -:¦:- Featured Photo: Tricolor Rose -:¦:-

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  8. I am glad to see someone else with a WW post that is not wordless. Smiles.

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  9. I heard about this, yes, not really into what is going on around me, but this is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. What a first class blog entry. Thanks for sharing and hosting the linky.

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  11. Cool video. Thanks for sharing.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2012/06/wordless-wednesday-surgery.html

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  12. When any celestial thing is happening, we are putting children to bed. :-) At least I can see the event from your blog.

    Thanks for the link-up, Danielle. :-)

    ~Imelda

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  13. Ooh I've been wanting to see this! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  14. Ooh I've been wanting to see this! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  15. Wow! That was really cool! It is amazing to see the sun with the different filters, especially the ones that show the atmosphere. Thanks for explaining the filter views. Technology is amazing.

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  16. WOW such an amazing photo! Captures the intensity of the sun's heat.

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  17. I heard about it, but did not see it. 2 big star events very close this year. I was not able to see the ring as it was overcast here. thanks for sharing!

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  18. Amazing clip. Thanks for sharing and inviting to link!

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  19. Wow, that's incredibly cool, I had to read your post over to see what you meant. It was too cool to be real. I liked the music choice too.

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  20. I'm so glad of all the high-resolution pictures they took! It is awesome, literally.

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  21. How beautiful that is. I will not be alive for the next one.

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  22. So cool :O) I wish we could have seen it here but still amazing.

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  23. that's an amazing photo! wish we could've seen it on our side of the country.

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  24. Pretty sweet! I've been meaning to check out the video on that!

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  25. Amazing! I love space photos and videos!

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  26. Those pictures are INCREDIBLE!

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