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SDO's Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit

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 lasted approximately 6 hours and happens in pairs eight years apart, which 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.

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     Venus Transit - 2012 (id 3943)
     SOHO LASCO View of Approaching Venus Transit (id 10998)
     2012 Venus Transit (id 20190)

Collection of SDO footage of transit in multiple wavelengths set to music.  The music track is    Collection of SDO footage of transit in multiple wavelengths set to music. The music track is "Dramatic Intro" from Stockmusic.net

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Sequence of images of 171 transit composited together to show path of Venus. This now has an improved version with better color and detail and a full 4kx4k or cropped 4kx2k size suitable for print.    Sequence of images of 171 transit composited together to show path of Venus. This now has an improved version with better color and detail and a full 4kx4k or cropped 4kx2k size suitable for print.

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193 Angstrom image from SDO    193 Angstrom image from SDO

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171 Angstrom    171 Angstrom

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HMI Continuum.  Portion of visible spectrum.  Full size versions and half-size versions.    HMI Continuum. Portion of visible spectrum. Full size versions and half-size versions.

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Cropped HMI Continuum    Cropped HMI Continuum

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304 Angstrom full disk.  In 4k and 2k.    304 Angstrom full disk. In 4k and 2k.

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Cropped 304.    Cropped 304.

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171 Mid-transit cropped    171 Mid-transit cropped

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171 full disk Mid-transit in 4k and 2k    171 full disk Mid-transit in 4k and 2k

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304 Mid-transit cropped    304 Mid-transit cropped

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304 full disk mid-transit 4k and 2k    304 full disk mid-transit 4k and 2k

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171 Egress begins.  Cropped.    171 Egress begins. Cropped.

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171 Egress begins.  Full disk 4k and 2k.    171 Egress begins. Full disk 4k and 2k.

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304 Egress begins.  Cropped.    304 Egress begins. Cropped.

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304 Egress begins.  Full disk 4k and 2k.    304 Egress begins. Full disk 4k and 2k.

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HMI Continuum.  Almost gone...    HMI Continuum. Almost gone...

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193 Showing Venus completely off the limb and backlit by only the corona.    193 Showing Venus completely off the limb and backlit by only the corona.

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   On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the transit of Venus

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10996
Animation Number:10996
Completed:2012-05-30
Animators:Tom Bridgman (GST) (Lead)
 Scott Wiessinger (USRA)
Video Editor:Scott Wiessinger (USRA)
Producer:Scott Wiessinger (USRA)
Project Support:Swarupa Nune (Vantage)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:SDO
 SDO/HMI/Continuum
 SDO/AIA/171 Filter
 SDO/AIA/304 Filter
Series:Narrated Movies
Goddard TV Tape:G2012-043 -- Transit of Venus
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO
 
Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Music
SVS >> Solar Ultraviolet
SVS >> Sun
SVS >> Transit
SVS >> Ultraviolet
SVS >> Venus
SVS >> SDO
SVS >> Edited Feature
SVS >> Solar Dynamics Observatory
SVS >> Heliophysics
NASA Science >> Sun
SVS >> Presentation
 
 


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