Venus Shines On! (January 13, 2006)
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The single, most obvious object in our C3 coronagraphs is a brightly shining Venus. It entered into our field of view on Jan 9 and will continue to cross behind the Sun from left to right until January 17. That is why you cannot see it in the night sky, but it will be back. This planet crossing is by far the brightest one we will observe this year, but there will be a number of others. The light stretches out to the side of the planet because it is too bright for our delicate sensors. This is a common aberration. Solar activity in the Sun's corona continues to remain fairly quiet, though there is a coronal mass ejection on the 11th, visible to the left of the occulting disk.
SOHO began its Weekly Pick some time after sending a weekly image or video clip to the American Museum of Natural History (Rose Center) in New York City. There, the SOHO Weekly Pick is displayed with some annotations on a large plasma display.
If your institution would also like to receive the same Weekly Pick from us for display (usually in Photoshop or QuickTime format), please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.