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Venus will cross the sun’s face as seen from Earth for the last time in this century on June 5-6, 2012. This transit of Venus will be the last of our lifetimes.

A double transit: the International Space Station and Venus on June 8, 2004. Photo courtesy of Tomas Maruska.

The Transit of Venus by Jan Herold, 2004, wikipedia: A transit of Venus across the Sun occurs when Venus passes between the Sun and the Earth where it can be seen as a small dark disc moving across the face of the Sun for several hours. Transits of Venus are rare and predictable occurring every 243 years in pairs each 8 years apart. The next one is on June 5 - 6, 2012. and then in December 2113 and December 2125. #Venus #Transit of Venus #Astronomy #Jan_Herold #wikipedia

Mercury, as an evening star, appears in the western sky & sets about an hour after sunset. As a morning star, it appears in the eastern sky, rising about an hour before the sun. There must be a clear, unobstructed horizon on these occasions. Mercury usually appears as a bright "star" with a yellowish or ochre hue. See it mornings from Jan. 5 - Feb. 14, evenings from March 23 - April 8, mornings from April 29 - June 7, evenings from July 5 - Aug. 17, mornings from Sept. 6 - Sept. 20, eve...

While the SDO mission cannot produce true 3D images of the Sun like STEREO was able to do, 3D solar images can still be made from SDO images. By using simple 3D steps with Photoshop (or other image editing software), we combined two images that were taken in one extreme UV wavelength about 8 hours apart (June 25, 2010) into one 3D image (directions can be found here - http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/classroom/3d.shtml).

This image provided by NASA shows the Sun unleashing a medium-sized solar flare, a minor radiation storm and a spectacular coronal mass ejection on June 7, 2011. The large cloud of particles mushroomed up and fell back down looking as if it covered an area of almost half the solar surface. The ejection should deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field during the late hours of June 8th or June 9th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras when the CME arrives.

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Solar Dynamics Observatory's (SDO) launch, NASA released a five-year timelapse of the sun - The SDO is a mission designed to study where the sun's energy comes from, and also help us understand its influence on Earth. The footage, above, captured one frame every eight hours, from June 2010 to Feb. 8, 2015. Eric Larson & Chris Grasinger-

"Chroma" (Colour) - Graphic Design by Niki Anagnostopoulou Colour What is color? 19 students of the workshop Anamma experimenting with forms, materials and composition, creating jewelry that reflect what the colors revealed to us. Teaching & Curator: Anastasia Kandaraki Place: Vryssaki (Art Space and Action), Vrisakiou 17 Plaka, Athens Opening: June 8, 2012, 8 PM Duration: 8 -9 -10 June 2012 Hours :: Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 8pm

Four times in every 243 years, Venus passes between the Sun and Earth allowing its silhouette to be observed by skilled and amateur astronomers around the world. The transit of Venus occurs in pairs. The first of the only transit pair that will occur this century took place over six hours on 8 June 2004. The next will take place on 6 June 2012.

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