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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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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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The transit of Venus, from Saturn

Tonight’s transit of Venus may be the last for observers on Earth for the next century, but the Cassini spacecraft will only have to wait a few months. On 21 December 2012, Saturn, Venus and the Sun will be aligned … Continue reading

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Venus approaches the Sun

Venus appeared in the field of view of ESA/NASA’s SOHO satellite on 1 June, and has been fast approaching ahead of transit on 5-6 June. SOHO’s LASCO instrument won’t be able to see the transit because its coronagraph blocks out … Continue reading

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Extrasolar worlds and transits

While transits of the 18th and 19th centuries gave astronomers a way to answer one of the biggest astronomical questions of the time – just how big is the Solar System – modern day astronomers use transits to search for … Continue reading

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