Friday, June 11, 2004


Three images as Venus glided between us and the Sun's corona. These are from a Norwegian observation point on the ground. Remember we get to do this again in eight years. Someone asked me why the 120 year then 8 year pattern. Well it all has to do with the plane that the planets orbit the sun on. All the planets orbit the sun on plane tilted in a different direction and angle so it is a rare occurance when they cross in front of each other.

And in other parts of the Solar System Cassini is sending some nice photos of Saturn back to earth and one of the Mars Rvers is about to go into a crater from which it may never return. It's a good time to be an astronomy geek!


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