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SDO's Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit - 304 AngstromCredit: NASA/SDO/AIAOn June 5-6 2012, SDO is collecting images of one of the rarest predictable solar events: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117. This image was captured June 5, 2012.

SDO's Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit - 304 AngstromCredit: NASA/SDO/AIAOn June 5-6 2012, SDO is collecting images of one of the rarest predictable solar events: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117. This image was captured June 5, 2012.

Venus Transit 2012 Global Visibility MapCredit: F. Espenak, NASA GSFCThe map shows the global visibility of the Transit of Venus of June 5-6, 2012.

Venus Transit 2012 Global Visibility MapCredit: F. Espenak, NASA GSFCThe map shows the global visibility of the Transit of Venus of June 5-6, 2012.