Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hinode Views the 2012 Venus Transit

This is a great shot of the (now slightly over-hyped) transit of Venus. Did anyone out there see it? It was cloudy in the NYC area but it was possible to catch it for a few moments.

 "On June 5, 2012, Hinode captured these stunning views of the transit of Venus -- the last instance of this rare phenomenon until 2117. 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." Image credit: JAXA/NASA/Lockheed Martin

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