From Earth to the Universe: Picture of the day


TRANSIT OF VENUS

A rare treat for astronomers, this multiple exposure shows Venus in its stately 5 hour transit as it passed between the Earth and the Sun in 2004. Transits occur in pairs eight years apart, but just once a lifetime. The next transit will be in 2012, but if you miss it you will then have to wait until 2117 and 2125. Venus is more familiar as a bright star-like object seen just before sunrise or just after sunset.

Credit: Image made in visible light by Eckhard Slawik.

In 2009, the "From Earth to the Universe" project brought astronomy to millions of people around the world. Take a tour of just some of the locations in a short video on the FETTU Highlights page.