Check out this YouTube video of the Venus Transit in all its glory captured in high-definition last week.
According to NASA, launched on Feb. 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is an advanced spacecraft designed to study the sun. During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun's atmosphere, magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth's atmospheric chemistry and climate.
SDO provides images with resolution 8 times better than high-definition television and returns more than a terabyte of data each day.
On June 5, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event--the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.
"The sun represents our ego and sense of self, and Venus represents what we want," said Laguna Niguel-based astrologer and author "When Venus crosses in front of the sun, what we want becomes more important than anything else. So our focus will be on what we want and it's up to us to make it happen."
Stellhorn said Venus, the "planet of love and money," has been retrograde since May 15 and will continue to be so through June 27. That brings "a whole set of challenges...and opportunities."
"Venus represents our desires, what we really want, especially in the area of physical comfort, possessions and in matters of the heart. The other planets rule things like thinking, action, learning and expertise, but Venus is the reason we feel motivated to get things done. Venus embodies our wishes and inspires us to take action to fulfill those desires," Stellhorn said.
The videos and images displayed here are constructed from several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light and a portion of the visible spectrum. The red colored sun is the 304 angstrom ultraviolet, the golden colored sun is 171 angstrom, the magenta sun is 1700 angstrom, and the orange sun is filtered visible light. 304 and 171 show the atmosphere of the sun, which does not appear in the visible part of the spectrum.
Read more about what Stellhorn and another said about the spirtual meaning of the transit.