I’m guessing that most of you who took pictures during the venus transit on Tuesday (see my modest effort here) did not get something quite as good as the one above. Wow. It is by the JAXA/NASA Hinode craft that is in orbit.
From the NASA site:
On June 5, 2012, Hinode captured these stunning views of the transit of Venus — the last instance of this rare phenomenon until 2117. Hinode is a joint JAXA/NASA mission to study the connections of the sun’s surface magnetism, primarily in and around sunspots. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages Hinode science operations and oversaw development of the scientific instrumentation provided for the mission by NASA, and industry. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., is the lead U.S. investigator for the X-ray Telescope.
Image credit: JAXA/NASA/Lockheed Martin
Go to the site linked above for more photos and other information.
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