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Venus and the Sun. Venus is the white dot on the spike of light to the left of the Sun (blue disc, centre). This image was taken at 02:18 GMT on 7th June 2004, by the SOHO Sun-observing spacecraft. Between 05:13 and 11:26 GMT on 8th June, Venus passed in front of the Sun as seen from Earth. This was 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.
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