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Understanding the Sun, Heliosphere, and Planetary Environments as a single connected system is a goal of the Heliophysics Research Program.

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2012 Transit of Venus Media

    On June 5, 2012 at sunset on the East Coast of North America and earlier for other parts of the U.S., the planet Venus made its final trek across the face of the sun as seen from Earth until the year 2117.

    This video shows the entire June 5-6, 2012 Venus transit as captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory in 171 wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA
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    Venus' journey across the Sun comes to a close with egress at 04:15:10 UT on June 6, 2012.

Venus Transit Features

Artist rendition of RHESSI spacecraft in orbit.

RHESSI Uses Venus Transit to Improve Measurements of ...

During the Venus Transit on June 5-6, 2012, the RHESSI science team hopes to improve the accuracy of their measurements of the diameter of the sun, ...

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Three photos of the arc of Venus observed during the planet's 2004 transit by amateur astronomer André Rondi near Toulouse, France.

The Mysterious Arc of Venus

Astronomers hope to glimpse a "ring of fire" around Venus during its historic transit across the sun on June 5-6. The apparition, if it is seen, ...

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Left, astronaut Don Pettit. Right, Captain James Cook. Center top, graphic of Venus transit path across the Sun.

ISS Transit of Venus

Astronaut Don Pettit will photograph the June 5, 2012 Transit of Venus from the ISS. He and the Expedition 31 crew will be the first people in ...

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TRACE image of Venus (black dot) during 2004 transit.

SDO to Observe Venus Transit

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) will be watching the June 5, 2012 Venus Transit to help calibrate its instruments as well as to learn more ...

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World map show visibility of transit of Venus on June 5-6, 2012.

The 2012 Transit of Venus

On June 5th, 2012, Venus will pass across the face of the sun, producing a silhouette that no one alive today will likely see again.

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