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A multi-coloured transit of Venus

Image: NASA/SDO & AIA, EVE and MHI teams; Digital Composition: Peter L. Dove.

Image: NASA/SDO & AIA, EVE and MHI teams; Digital Composition: Peter L. Dove.


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 7:50 AM -

If only the sun really looked like this!

This shot of the star at the heart of our solar system was taken a year ago by NASA's orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, but only publicly released this week. It's been imaged through three different colours of ultraviolent light to obtain that eerie hue.

That big dark spot near the top left is the planet Venus, during its passage between Earth and the Sun last year.

That "Transit of Venus" in June 2012 was a worldwide astronomy phenomenon, and we really hope you didn't miss it: The next one's not until 2117.

Here on Earth, we've got plenty of awesome weather pics in our gallery. Check them out.

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