This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

ESA Proba-2 Satellite Records Awesome Video of Venus Solar Transit

by Shane McGlaun

I’ve been telling my kids for a week now that last night we were going watch Venus creep across the face of the Sun. Naturally, when the time came, it was cloudy and we couldn’t see the sun much less get a glimpse of the last transit of Venus for the next 100 years. If you were unable to view the Venus transit or just forgot about it this video is much better than the real thing was for most of us.

A tiny ESA “microsatellite” called Proba-2 that resides in low Earth orbit recorded the entire, approximately 7 hour, transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. Video like this never ceases to amaze me. Most images we see of the sun make it seem like silent and placid orange blob. The truth is the Sun is constantly active shooting streams of radiation and superheated materials into space.

The wobble in the time-lapse video is attributed to the slight up-and-down motion of the Proba-2 satellite as it orbits the Earth and the vast distance between the satellite and the Sun. Scientists say to pay attention to the point when Venus first appears to touch the limb of the solar disk. The solar brightness dips for a second, which is attributed to the thick atmosphere around Venus.

[ESA via Wired]

Hot Deals in the Technabob Shop:
No items found.

Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

More from Awesomer Media...

theawesomer logo
Pokémon Invasion Bimbo’s Initiation x Hussalonia Jim Beam Double Oak Monrovia Animated 95octane logo
Review: 2016 Lexus GX 460 Jaguar D-Type Sets British Car Record at Auction Mazda Miata and F1 Mashup Results in Ultimate Track Day Car Nissan and Lucasfilm Tie up for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story mightymega logo
Threezero Game of Thrones Sandor Clegane 1/6 Scale Action Figure Star Trek Cake Has a Phaser, Tricorder and Communicator Guy Builds Replica Of Jupiter 2 Computer From Lost In Space Russian Superhero Film Guardians Trailer