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Venus transit seen from Earth and Space / / 14-06-2012
13 June 2012
European Space Agency (ESA)
During the night of 5 to 6 June the passage of Venus in front of the Sun was observed from several parts of Earth.
The best experts on Venus, the ESA Venus Express Science team, were gathered in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean where they could enjoy a full view of this once in a lifetime show, thanks to the "midnight sun".
This video recalls this rare night of observation seen from Svalbard with interviews from the Venus Express team explaining what we've learnt on Venus
- Hakan Svedhem, Venus Express Project Scientist, ESA (English)
- Wojciech MARKIEWICZ, Venus Express Primary Investigator, Max Planck Institute for Solar System research (English)
- Jean-Loup Bertaux, Venus Express Primary Investigator, CNRS (English)
- Dimitrij Titov Venus Express Science Team, ESA (English)
- Thomas Widemann, Astronomer, Paris Observatory (French, English)
- Colin Wilson, Venus Express Science Team, ESA (English)
- Michel Breitfellner, Venus Express Operations, ESA (German)
It also includes images of the transit from ESA PROBA 2 sun observer and a time lapse shot from Svalbard plus images of Venus from its onboard camera.
For more info on this subject please check the script that is online as a DOC file under :
A WMV preview clip is online under :
More background information can be found on http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Venus_Express/index.html.
The MPEG-2 files are on the ESA ftp server in the folder entitled :
Eutelsat 9A at 9°E, transponder 59, downlink frequency 11900.1 horizontally polarised, symbol rate 27,500 FEC 2/3.