Category Archives: Transit of Venus

Proba-2’s journey across the Sun

[youtube om8sD_l1LVg nolink] This movie shows the transit of Venus on 5-6 June 2012 as seen from SWAP, a Belgian solar imager onboard ESA’s Proba-2 microsatellite. SWAP, watching the Sun in EUV light, observes Venus as a small, black circle, … Continue reading

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Last contact for 105 years

After seven hours of dedicated observing – often grabbing opportunities between breaks in the cloud – our Svalbard team watched Venus leave the solar disc. The next transit of Venus will not be visible from Earth until 2117.

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Venus Express and the transit of Venus

ESA’s Venus Express project scientist Håkan Svedhem observes the transit of Venus from Svalbard as Venus Express – the only spacecraft orbiting Venus at the moment – prepares to take its solar occultation measurements. During these measurements sunlight will filter … Continue reading

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Proba-2’s ringside seat

Proba-2 continues to watch the solar spectacular from its ringside seat in low-Earth orbit.    

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Transit of Venus on ESA TV!

Our luck continues in Svalbard and between patchy cloud we are being treated to splendid views of Venus as it passes in front of the Sun. Here’s a shot through the ESA TV camera…look closely, it’s approaching the 11 o’clock … Continue reading

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“We got it!”

It may be cloudy, but we were still able to see some of the first moments of the 2012 transit of Venus here in Svalbard thanks to ESAC’s Michel Breitfellner and Miguel Perez Ayucar, who have solar and optical telescopes equipped with … Continue reading

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Proba-2 sees Venus approach the Sun

Proba-2’s SWAP imager sees clearly the first signs of the Venus disc in its field of view, at 1945 UT. The Venus disc projection is visible at a distance a little less than 1 solar radii; note this is not … Continue reading

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Local transit celebrations

No doubt the explorers of the long transit expeditions of the 18th century found ways to entertain themselves while they waited to make their precious measurements. Here in Svalbard the locals are counting down the final hour to transit with … Continue reading

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Transit minus 60 minutes

With an hour to first contact, the Svalbard ground teams are making their very last preparations and hoping the breaks in the clouds are favourable for viewing some – if not all – of the transit tonight. Appetites for Venus … Continue reading

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Svalbard: home to satellite tracking station

Set far within the Arctic circle, the midnight sun makes Svalbard the perfect location to witness the whole of the transit of Venus tonight. But did you know that this location is also home to the Svalbard Satellite Station complex? … Continue reading

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