It was once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch Venus pass in front of the sun. The spectacle won’t happen again for another 105 years.  NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a spacecraft launched in 2010 to study the sun, was on deck to capture the rare phenomenon in stunning high-resolution.

You can also download ultra-high definition images here.

The 7-hour journey has been whittled down to about three minutes of video and images, stitched together from “several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light and a portion of the visible spectrum,” NASA says.


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