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Something New under the Sun! (November 1, 2002)

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  • The SOHO project has received numerous queries asking about the very bright object passing left to right under the Sun this week. It is the planet Venus moving in its orbit this time behind the Sun and reflecting sunlight. It first appeared in the LASCO (Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph) C3 instrument's field of view on October 28th and will disappear around Nov. 4th. We last saw Venus in our field of view in February. Next, look forward to seeing Mercury on Nov. 1-29 moving from right to left. To learn about recent transits seen by LASCO, go to http://ares.nrl.navy.mil/sungrazer/transits.html

    And it's not too early to anticipate seeing the passage of Venus in front of the Sun in June 2004. This is called "the Transit of Venus". With proper solar viewing glasses, residents of Europe, Africa and the East Coast of the U.S. will be treated to a wonderful show that hasn't been seen in over a hundred years.

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