This is the latest image from SOHO. The disc in the middle is blocking out the Sun. The lines on the planets are not rings!
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Courtesy of NASA
SOHO Catches Planetary Alignment
News story originally written on May 10, 2000
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) will give us a special treat
this month. On May 15, it will capture Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn
together in what scientists call a conjunction. They will all be on the opposite
side of the Sun.
You can watch the show on both the internet and NASA TV. The original
show was on May 5, but NASA will have updated videos on May 12, and May 15.
If you'd rather not wait until then, the SOHO
Home Page has some images.
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