12 June 2012

Video of the week -- the transit of Venus

This video was made from images captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory at several different wavelengths, mostly ultraviolet, which is why the Sun looks so different in each section.  The film is greatly speeded up since the transit actually takes several hours.  Note that Venus -- the black circle -- is similar in size to Earth, and is much closer to the camera than the Sun itself is.


Blogger Unknown said...

very nice video

12 June, 2012 23:09  
Anonymous krissthesexyatheist said...

Wow what a great vid. I was having dinner with the kinda woman that after she walks away the bro-dudes always say "Dam, that is a brick shit house", had a couple too many beers, then #teambro came by to smoke a "J" and scooped us up to see the transit at the college. I thought it was pretty epic, but this vid is better. Thanks,


13 June, 2012 17:05  
Anonymous Ahab said...

It gives you a sense of the massive scale of the sun, compared to Venus and Earth. There is so much in our universe that is simply breathtaking.

15 June, 2012 13:29  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

SF: Thanks.

KtSA: Sounds like you had a "transit of Venus" of your own.

Ahab: And remember that every star out there -- about 400 billion in this galaxy alone -- is comparable impressive (some are smaller than the Sun, some bigger).

16 June, 2012 10:04  
Blogger B.R. said...

The cosmos will always be infinitely greater than any fantasy we can concoct concerning it.

16 June, 2012 15:53  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Indeed, religious mythology seems small and petty in contrast with the reality. Here's another good video.

16 June, 2012 18:31  
Anonymous Sports Xstream said...

a very outstadning video

12 September, 2012 15:17  

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