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A CME and planets too! (July 24, 2002)

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  • This image from 24 July 2002 shows three planets as they orbit behind the Sun from Earth. The three planets will were visible beginning 16 July and will remain in the field of view until July 27th. (Note: the horizontal lines are digital imaging artifacts, not planetary rings.) SOHO's coronagraph instrument (LASCO) blocks out the Sun with an occulting disk so that observers can see the activity in the corona. In addition to seeing the planets, the instrument has captured a coronal mass ejection as it is blasting particles out into space (to the right). Scientist are looking forward to 2004 when Venus will pass in front of the Sun.

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