[/caption]This past week, Venus passed between Earth and the Sun, creating what is called a "transit" of the sun.


Here in the Bitterroot Valley, we had considerable cloudiness. But out in space, the view was excellent. (See Photo) The Hinode satellite is an international mission to study the sun. To accomplish this, the Hinode mission includes a suite of three science instruments -- the Solar Optical Telescope, X-ray Telescope and Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer.

On June 5th, 2012, Hinode captured this view, among others, of the transit. The next time we'll be able to see this from Earth is not until 2117.

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass, is the the lead US investigator fro the X-ray Telescope.