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At a Glance: Transits


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute, Office of Public Outreach, in collaboration with NASA’s Universe of Learning partners: IPAC, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Sonoma State University.
Images and Animations:

  • 2017 total solar eclipse composite: Zolt Levay

  • 2017 total solar eclipse, view of Earth from the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR): NASA EPIC Team

  • Total solar eclipse animation: STScI

  • 2012 transit of Venus with animated light curve: based on animation by James Gilbert

  • 2012 transit of Venus composite from the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO): NASA, Goddard, SDO

  • Atmospheric halo of Venus during the 2012 transit from the Solar Optical Telescope on the Hinode satellite: JAXA, NASA, Hinode

  • Sunlight filtered by the Venusian atmosphere: STScI

  • Exoplanets orbiting a distant star: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

  • Orbiting exoplanets with animated light curve: STScI, based on animation from NASA, JPL Exoplanet Exploration Program

  • Starlight filtered through an exoplanet atmosphere: STScI

  • Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST); Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), Hubble Space Telescope, James Webb Space Telescope, Kepler Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope: NASA, STScI

Writing: Margaret W. Carruthers
Design: Dani Player
Science review lead: Dr. Brandon Lawton
Education lead: Timothy Rhue II
Additional editorial input from: Dr. Lynn Cominsky, Sonoma State University; Dr. Sabrina Stierwalr, IPAC/Caltech; Dr. Tiffany Meshkat, IPAC/Caltech.
Music: APM


All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!