The Best Astronomy Images of 2012

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The Best Astronomy Images of 2012

Post by rob42 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:19 pm

I couldn’t pick just 10—you have to see all 21 of these mind-bending shots.
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This one is one of my favorites :mrgreen:
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Re: The Best Astronomy Images of 2012

Post by falkor » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:09 pm

Venus orbits closer to the Sun than the Earth does, and on rare occasions our orbits align such that Venus passes directly in front of the Sun. The last time this happened was in 2004, and it happened again on June 5, 2012. Probably millions of photos of the event were taken, but one of my favorites is this view from the NASA/JAXA (Japanese Space Agency) Hinode spacecraft, just as Venus was fully entering the Sun’s disk. The Sun looks like a boiling cauldron with Venus silhouetted against it. The ring around the planet is from Venus’s thick atmosphere, scattering and bending the sunlight coming through from the other side.
this is my favourite!! can you imagine a mission to Venus after seeing this? :tooT:
Venus transition
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