Jun 07 2012

Venus in art and photo

NASA’s SOHO and Venus in transit. Awesome! And there are more photos, I’ll be adding to this for the next few hours time permitting.

Venus in the upper left corner looks like it's about to be roasted by the broiling sun as seen by NASA's SOHO

Venus in transit as seen from the International space station


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    Those are awesome but there are a couple of even better ones at the Bad Astronomy blog today. One of which shows both Venus and a transit of the Hubble Telescope.

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    Gregory in Seattle

    “There’s a little black spot on the sun today….”

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    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    Ahhh! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that Gregory! The mark of a brilliant mind; it always looks obvious after its stated :)

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Cheers for this! :-)

    (Raised beer salute.)

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @2. Gregory in Seattle :

    You mean :


    I think? (A.k.a. ‘The King of Pain’, by the Police.)

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    Gregory in Seattle

    If we are going to be linking in music videos, then we must of course include The Transit of Venus March by John Philip Sousa. The Wikipedia article says that it was written to commemorate the 1882 transit, ended up getting lost for more than a century, then was rediscovered in time for the 2004 transit.

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    For many years I had a transit photo as my screen saver. It was that photo that put into perspective how really big the sun is. The sun, …, is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindboggingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to the sun.

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