Scientists are planning to use NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to observe next month’s historic transit of Venus across the sun’s face.
But there’s a twist. Researchers can’t point Hubble anywhere near the sun, because our star’s bright light could damage the telescope’s super-sensitive instruments. So Hubble will watch the June 5-6Venus transit by using the moon as a mirror.
Imaged Above: Michael Wilce of Central London, UK took 20 composite shots to create this image of Venus transit on June 8, 2004. CREDIT: Michael Wilce
Great Venus Setting
Bright Venus setting between Taurus and Auriga. A star filter was used in the camera lens to create the spikes, no special post-processing.
Photographed by Luis Argerich
Moon and Venus over Monviso
Just after sunset, the crescent Moon (showing a beautiful earthshine) and the brilliant Venus put on a great show over the Monviso. The mountain (3,841 m – 12,602 ft) is the highest peak of the Coattian Alps and its pyramid-like shape if visible for large areas of the Nortwestern regions of Italy. It also famous for hosting the source of the Po, the longest river in Italy. — Stefano
Copyright: Stefano De Rosa