A High Definition Time-Lapse of Venus Flying Past the Sun

There was a much-hyped transit of Venus yesterday in which Venus appeared as a small black circle moving across the face of the sun. This rare phenomenon occurs in pairs of eight years separated by more than a century: the previous transit was in 2004, but the next one won’t occur until 2117. If you missed out, don’t worry — there’s a boatload of beautiful photos and videos out there that can give you an even better view than what your eyes would have seen. The amazing high-definition video above was created using images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

PetaPixel reader Austin Kurtz also captured this beautiful photograph of a jet escorting Venus across the sun:

Image credit: Photograph by Austin Kurtz and used with permission

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  • Dave

    I was hoping someone made a time lapse of this. Very well done.

  • Kimberly S. Patterson

    the previous transit was in 2004, but the next one won’t occur until 2117.

  • Lenoat702

    So beautiful 

  • Berend44

    Looks fake? In the vid venus looks transpararent some times? (is that normal?) the circle looks too just perfect if you ask em

  • kendon

     you do realize that those pictures were in fact not taken with an entry level dslr and a 200$ telezoom lens, but with billion dollar NASA equipment that floats in space?
    and why would anyone (while faking the whole thing) make venus transparent? pretty sure there is a physical explanation for that.