The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. Since being launched by NASA in 2010, it has steadily examined the sun’s atmosphere and magnetic field. On June 5, 2012, the SDO gathered images of one of the rarest celestial events: the “Transit of Venus.” This video is a compilation of those extraordinary images.
Unless you’ve been asleep or comatose for the past few weeks, you’ve heard a great deal about the “Transit of Venus.” Venus, the second planet from our sun, is also the brightest planet in our universe. Literally millions of people viewed this unique celestial event, which won’t occur again until 2117. Because of the sun’s incredible size, Venus merely appears as a dark speck against it. But, it’s a remarkable sight nonetheless.