Venus transit

Unless you haven't been paying attention much recently, you know that Venus transited the sun the other day.
I wasn't going to post anything about it because I totally missed seeing it here, but I saw this picture today and just had to share it with you.

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Wow, what a picture!! It was taken by a Japanese spacecraft called Hinode, on June 5th. The interesting thing is that this helps us to compare (to some extent) how big the sun is compared to us, because Venus is approximately the same size as the earth. BUT, the sun is quite a lot further away than Venus in this picture, so it's actually even bigger than it appears!


1 comment:

healthycells said...

Jonathan, that is absolutely awesome! What a perspective. If you hadn't posted this I would have totally missed it. Thank you!

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