Transit of Venus, 8th June 2004

Transit of Venus, 8th June 2004

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Credit: PEKKA PARVIAINEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Transit of Venus. Venus is the small black dot seen in the lower right portion of the Sun. This image was taken on 8th June 2004 from north Finland. A transit occurs when Venus passes in front of the Sun as seen from Earth. This is the first transit since 1882. Venus is an Earth-sized planet that orbits in between Earth and the Sun. It does not appear to cross the Sun's disc during every orbit as the orbital paths of the Earth and Venus are not in exactly the same plane. Venus transits occur in pairs separated by eight years, with alternating intervals of 121.5 and 104.5 years in between pairs. Only Mercury and Venus can transit the Sun as seen from Earth.

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Keywords: 08/06/2004, 2004, 8th june, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, cloud, clouds, cloudy, crossing, europe, event, face, north finland, planet, rare, scandinavia, solar system, space, sun, transit, transiting, venus

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