SOHO and Venus

ESA/NASA's Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) didn't see the transit as it was in the wrong place. It is at a special point in space called L1 which is where the gravity of the Earth and Sun balance. However it doesn't sit at this point but orbits it. Unfortunately, from the position it was in last Tuesday, Venus appeared to be below the Sun. However the solar physicists have been able to check several of the instruments by watching Venus against the corona.

If you're quick you will still be able to see Venus in the images from the LASCO C3 instrument.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Saturday 12th Jun 2004 (01:23 UTC) | Permalink
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