Hello there, Venus!

Planet Venus is now transiting the Sun. Right now. Watching something like this live is just incredibly exciting. And thanks to the internet, I can watch this live and hear people talking about it from several parts of the world all at the same time, even though it’s the middle of the night here in the UK.

Live casts are currently available from NASA Edge, and a certain notable Google+ Hangout. The image above is from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) which will be regularly updated for the next several hours while Venus is transiting.

I’m still hoping I’ll be able to catch the end of the transit at dawn here…

Just think… NASA’s Kepler observatory looks for events exactly like this one around stars so small they’re no more than pinpoints of light. Makes it seem all the more impressive really, doesn’t it?

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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2 Responses to Hello there, Venus!

  1. tatjna says:

    Apparently Tolaga Bay is the place to be in NZ today. Wellington, sadly, is under deep rainy cloud cover – so my observation is only internetty.

    • invaderxan says:

      Rainy… Boooo!

      Sadly the same seems to be true here. A Venus transit at night time under cloud cover. This part of the world sucks for important astronomical events!

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