The unseen transit

by Gareth on June 6, 2012

It’s been snowing most of the day chez Hot Topic, so any chance I may have had of viewing the transit of Venus across the sun earlier today was lost in a haze of snowflakes and cloud. However, thanks to the fact that the sun provides the energy that drives the climate system, I can justify posting this wonderful NASA video, produced by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. More imagery here. Breathtaking, I hope you’ll agree.

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nigwil June 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Reminds me somewhat of the first sunrise of the new millennium. Didn’t see the sun until the 3rd of the month! Fizzer!

But these images of the sun and its companion are great aren’t they. They also show the persistence of structures in the chromosphere whose multi-day permanence is explained very nicely in:

http://www.thesurfaceofthesun.com/images/The%20Surface%20Of%20The%20Sun_0001.wmv
at
http://www.thesurfaceofthesun.com/running.htm?

Well worth a read.

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