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Transiting the midnight sun

Watch nearly seven hours of transit time in less than twenty seconds! This time lapse movie from ESA TV shows the transit of Venus as experienced under the midnight sun, 78 degrees north from the Arctic island of Svalbard. Interference … Continue reading

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Our last transit of Venus, the movie

The anticipation and excitement of watching the transit of Venus under the midnight Sun in the high northern latitudes of Svalbard is portrayed nicely in this short film by Lightcurve Films, in association with the European Planetology Network. Lightcurve Films … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Transit minus seven hours

It’s around seven hours to first contact and the Svalbard teams are uncovering their telescopes to make final checks and prepare for a night of observing. The sky is clear in places, but clouds currently hanging over the mountains could … Continue reading

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Team Svalbard sail the Arctic seas

The Venus Express science working team and members of the press covering the 2012 transit at just after midnight on 5 June, exactly 24 hours before the start of the transit begins here in Svalbard.  

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Voyage to the midnight sun

Last night the Venus Express science working team, along with ground-based observing teams and media crew here to cover the transit, took a break from meetings to enjoy a boat ride out to the glaciers of Spitsbergen under the midnight … Continue reading

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