This is a video created by NASA of the transit of venus.

It was shot from the Solar Dynamics Observatory(SDO) spacecraft which was launched in February 2010 to study the sun. According to NASA, it’s role is to “examine the sun’s atmosphere, magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth’s atmospheric chemistry and climate”. Interestingly it returns more than a terabyte of data to the Earth each day!


The transit of Venus only occurs twice every 100 years or so. Each event occurs with in approximately 8 years of one another. The last was in 2004. The next will be in 2117.

The video shows the sun as seen both with visible light and ultraviolet light. The ultraviolet clips actually show the sun’s atmosphere, which is normally not visible.