Saturday, June 9, 2012

Mass Transit

Even if you are completely saturated with images of the 2012 Transit of Venus, you must watch the video below created by NASA.  The video is from the Solar Dynamic Observatory, and defies description.  The Transit was a moving event (pun intended) to watch in person, and this video montage captures the grandeur of the event in breathtaking fashion.

Adjust the settings to HD, turn up your speaker volume and prepare to be entranced.

It is worthwhile to keep in mind that SDO only began science operations a little over two years ago!  In other words, three years ago no human had ever been able to observe the dynamic behavior of a star the way that we can now...up close, in high definition, in so many varied wavelengths of light.  I can not begin to image the technology that will exist for the next Transit of Venus in 2117.

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