Venus – transiting the Sun

The Venus transit
The Venus transit... at astrosoc
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[The transit of Venus]. This is a bit of a blast from the past. On June 8, 2004, Venus past between the Earth and the Sun – causing a shadow to appear on the surface of the Sun, as can be seen in the image above. This black and white image is just one small section of the Sun but the event was viewable with simple projection telescopes and some people tried with their eyes with proper solar glasses (never look at the Sun directly). The above image was taken using a simple camera connected to a 3.5″ Newtonian Reflector at the [University of Birmingham Astronomical Society]. The eclipse lasted about 6 hours and was visible from most of Europe, Africa and Asia. The last time it occurred before 2004 was in 1882. The next time is [June 6th 2012] (North America favourable) but there won’t be another one until 2117 – so if you want to see it worth planning for it.


2 responses to “Venus – transiting the Sun”

  1. Blog says :

    Transit of Venus on 6th June

    Early next Wednesday (6th June 2012) you will get the chance of a lifetime – the chance to see Venus transit the Sun. Of course for those of us who saw it in 2004 this isn’t so much a chance…

  2. Blog says :

    I got up at 4.30 for this…

    Yep another astronomical event and another cloudy sky. Thinking back to the numerous events over my life time I swear there has only been two events that has not been really disapointing due to cloud, the [Venus transit in…

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