SOHO LASCO View of Approaching Venus Transit

  • Released Monday, June 4th, 2012
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:53PM

The LASCO C2 and C3 coronographs on board the SOHO spacecraft have been watching the approach of Venus for its last solar transit until 2117.

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 transit of Venus begins tomorrow, June 5, at about 6pm Eastern Daylight Time, or about 10pm Universal Time. It will last approximately 6 hours.

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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center


This visualization originally appeared on the following tapes:
  • Transit of Venus (ID: 2012043)
    Monday, June 4, 2012 at 4:00AM
    Produced by - Robert Crippen