Transit of Venus 2012

The alarm clock was set to 03:10 this morning, so I could catch the Transit of Venus. When I went to bed last night, the sky was clear, and it looked promising.

There were a lot of people already there when I arrived, and telescopes and cameras were set up.

However, the sky looked like this:

Not very promising.

However, at around 4:30, there was a breakthrough in the clouds, and I got this image:

As this only lasted for a very short time, people gathered around my camera, to look at the photo, and some of them took a photo of the camera screen with their iPhone 🙂

Around 6, a lot of people gave up and left, and missed the best part of the show. At 6:20 the sky opened again and lasted to the end of the transit, with only some scattered clouds. Some lucky people arrived just a few minutes before, and everybody got to see the transit in the telescopes.

Below are some more photos.

And here is one of my last photos, as Venus is leaving the transit.

All photos are taken with Sony Alpha 580, using 70-200F2.8 lens, with solar filter.

And here is a photo of me taken by Wenche Aune.

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2 responses to “Transit of Venus 2012

  1. I went out here in Belgium this morning but we had complete cloud cover, rain and 8°C… It was a real shame but I love your photos. Thanks for sharing.

    Stephen

  2. Very cool! I didn’t get to see the transit as I was working. Even so the weather wasn’t cooperative so I’m very glad to be able to see your photos.

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