Solar & Heliospheric Observatory
PICK OF THE WEEK: Venus Heading for Transit
Venus appeared just as expected (June 1, 2012) in the field of view of SOHO’s wider field coronagraph (C3). It will cross in front of the Sun (called a transit) as seen from Earth on June 5-6. It is moving from left to right. The other bright, less bright, object moving right to left is Mercury. With coronagraphs, the Sun is being blocked by an occulting disk, seen here in blue, so that SOHO can observe the much fainter features in the Sun's corona. The actual size of the Sun is represented by the white disk. The entire field of view is 30 solar radii. We will be posting a movie and still per day showing its approach until the transit.
More information about the expected orbit of Venus can be found here .
Last edited by Richard; 1st June 2012 at 19:21.