Venus was between us and the Sun

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Today, there was a close inferior conjunction of Venus, which means that Venus had an apparent close approach to the Sun. It's not a full transit (where the planet passes in front of the disk of the Sun), but Venus can be seen passing through the corona in MLSO's K-Cor coronagraph data. It's visible in the the K-Cor field-of-view just above the north pole. The next time a Venus conjunction this close to the Sun will happen is on Dec 9, 2109. You can see a cropped K-Cor movie here (or by clicking on image below).

Social media posts about the K-Cor Venus transit: https://twitter.com/HAOSunEarthLab/status/1268926522053873665

Our Newkirk Fellow, Ryan French, has been promoting this observation: https://twitter.com/RyanJFrench1/status/1268483418859413504?s=20

See other interesting event movies on MLSO's gallery page.