An unusual type of solar eclipse occurred last year.
Usually it is the
Earth's Moon that
Last June, most unusually, the planet
Venus took a turn.
Like a solar eclipse by the Moon, the phase of Venus became a continually thinner
crescent as Venus became increasingly
better aligned with the Sun.
Eventually the alignment became perfect and the
phase of Venus dropped to zero.
The dark spot of Venus crossed our parent star.
The situation could technically be labeled a Venusian
annular eclipse with an extraordinarily large
ring of fire.
during the occultation, the Sun was imaged in three colors of ultraviolet light by the Earth-orbiting
Solar Dynamics Observatory,
with the dark region toward the right corresponding to a
Hours later, as Venus continued in its orbit, a
slight crescent phase appeared again.
The next Venusian solar eclipse will occur in
& the AIA, EVE, and HMI teams;
Peter L. Dove