A NASA satellite had a front row seat for the transit of Venus on June 5.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured stunning high definition photos and video from its orbital perch 22,000 miles above the earth’s surface. SDO’s sensitive cameras are trained on the sun 24/7 looking for solar weather events that could cause disruption on Earth. The satellite generates over a terabyte of data a day that is downlinked to a specialized ground station in White Sands, New Mexico.

Watch the SDO’s Venus Transit Video:

YouTube video

A Venus transit is similar to a solar eclipse, in that the orbits of the Earth and Venus align in such a way that Venus passes directly between the sun and earth. But due to the distances involved it was not visible to the naked eye and lacked the drama of last month’s “ring of fire” event.

Venus transits are very rare, occurring once every 105 or 121 years according to NASA. The transits occur in pairs that are usually about eight years apart. The last transit occurred in 2004, and the next one will be in 2117.

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Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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