Venus in silhouette

by david on 7 June 2012

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A local astronomer's transit viewing station

Transits of Venus are a very rare celestial event: since the invention of the telescope in 1608, there have been just eight of them. The most recent one, of course, was Tuesday; the next one will be on 11 December 2117. Here in Berkeley, there were a number of amateur astronomers setup public transit viewings with their telescopes.

To see some absolutely stunning images of the transit, I recommend Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomer, and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.

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Of my transit photos, this one turned out the best. You can see some sunspots as well as Venus.

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Some transit watchers on Indian Rock

sunset

Later, clouds obscured the transit but made for a beautiful sunset

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