The 2004 Transit of Venus
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Summary: Every 120 years or so a dark spot glides across the Sun. Small, inky-black, almost perfectly circular, it's no ordinary sunspot. Not everyone can see it, but some who do get the strangest feeling, of standing, toes curled in the damp sand, on the beach of a South Pacific isle.... Get the full story from Science@NASA.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Mick Deckman,
Parker City, Indiana
Jun. 08, 2004
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Video through a 6-inch reflector. I have a jet in my 1999 Mercury transit video. But also getting one in my Venus transit was unbelievable. But what are the odds of getting a jet to transit Venus?

Stephane Palfray,
Turretot, Normandie, France
Jun. 08
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webcam + T 114/900

Shawn Connelly,
Bright's Grove, Ontario
Jun. 08

Celestron C9.25, Sony video camera - more details in photo

Bruno Nolf,
Jun. 08
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Good conditions from beginning to end of the Transit, good vibe, good BBQ afterparty. No black drop seen by any of the nine observers present at the site. Lots of fun!

Terry Quick,
Merrillville Community Planetarium at Pierce Middle School, Merrillville, Indiana, USA.
Jun. 08

This image was taken shortly after sunrise. You could look at the sun without any filters and pick out Venus with the naked eye. The image was taken with a Sony DSC-P92 digital camera mated to a 25mm Plossl then a Celestron 114GT, exposure was automatic.

Stefan Seip,
Stuttgart, Germany
Jun. 08
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(#1) Date + Time: June 8, 2004 / 11:05:48 UT and 11:06:20 Location: Stuttgart, Germany Optics: Astro-Physics 155mm f/7 Tools: Baader-Planetarium Herschel Wedge with grey filters 1000x, 64x and 8x, Astro-Physics 2x Barlow Detector: SBIG STL 11000XM with SBIG RGB filterset Exposure Time(s): 0.05 seconds and 1 second, both with red filter in place Notes: The atmosphere of Venus is visible. I combined two frames to show the surface of the sun as well as the Venus atmoshpere. 2.

(#2, #3) Date + Time: June 8, 2004 / 10:47 UT Location: Stuttgart, Germany Optics: TMB 100mm f/8 Apo Refraktor Tools: Coronado Solarmax 90 with BF-30 H-Alpha filter, Astro-Physics 2x Barlow Medium: SBIG STL 11000XM with SBIG RGB filterset Exposure Time: L: 1x 0.01 seconds (1x1 binning)

Jan Barker,
Melbourne, Australia
Jun. 08
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Canon Powershot S30;eyepiece projection to Celestron C5 with a solar filter.

Wang Ning Min,
Jun. 08
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127/820Refractor, Nikon 995, pl25EP.

Ed Cunnius,
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Jun. 08
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Transit_sunrise: 5:51 am EDT The sun had just cleared the cloudbank on the horizon--the transit was easy naked-eye at this point. Unfiltered shot with Canon EOS 10D through TV-76 with 2x PowerMate. 1/1000sec. @ f 12.6 ISO 100. 3rd_Contact: Starting at 7:05 am EDT. Canon EOS 10D through AP 105mm Traveler with 2x PowerMate and Baader solar filter. 1/90sec. @ f 11.8 ISO 400. These are full-res crops from original 2048x3072 pixel image. Montage in PhotoShop.

more: from Juan Carlos Fernandez y Jose Jimenez at Estacion de Vadojaen, Martos, (Jaen), Spain; from Marcin Dobrowolski of Warsaw, Poland; from Eduard Masana of Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain); from Alain Buisson & Guy Buhry about 100km at east of Paris, France; from Gianpaolo Soligo of Milano, Italia; from Cai-Uso Wohler of Winsen / Luhe, near Hamburg, Germany;

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