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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NOAA's Soft X-ray Imager (SXI),
Earth Orbit
Jun. 08, 2004
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For the first time in history, astronomers observed an X-ray transit of Venus across the Sun. Click here for more information about NOAA's Soft X-ray Imager, onboard the GOES 12 satellite.

Michel Benvenuto,
Col de Braus, 30 miles from Nice, South of France, 3000 ft.
Jun. 08
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During mid-transit we got an unexpected bonus, a full 22 solar halo thanks to the high altitude ice crystals which were preventing us from taking sharp pictures of the Transit. This picture is a realtime composite of tiny Venus and the halo. What a show for the Astro Biniou Club!"

Jean-Marie Maillard,
Nandrin, Belgium
Jun. 08
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'The intrepid Venus in front of the all-powerful Sun'. 10 inches Newtonian scope f/d 6.6 of the 'Société Astronomique de Ličge', Kodak Gold 100 ; projection through binoculars on Kodak Gold 200 with 105mm telephoto lens

Ralf Stoeckeler,
Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia
Jun. 08

The gum trees silhouetted in the foreground add to the majesty of the scene. Photo details: single frame extracted from a Stellacam Ex video camera recorded to Panasonic camcorder from a 100mm refractor with a mylar solar filter. Image coloured using Irfanview shareware.

Vince Tuboly,
Hegyhátsál, Hungary
Jun. 08
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127/1200 Fraunhofer refractor, 100x, HP Photosmart 635 digital Camera

Robert B Slobins,
Mount Greylock, MA, USA
Jun. 08

Between performing the usual tasks of photographing the transit in white and H-alpha light, I decided to do this still life. As best as I can determine, my grandfather was born within a week of the 1882 transit. Therefore, I brought along his watch, set to UTC and placed it adjacent to the projected image of the transit. (Thanks to 'Barlow Bob' Godfrey and Phil Meuse for their help with this image.)

Jim Zanardi,
Roof of Crane Observatory at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas
Jun. 08
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300mm telephoto lens; 200 asa film; 1/500 sec., f/8, no filter, the clouds were so thick that a filter obscured the sun.

Ralf Vandebergh,
The Netherlands
Jun. 08
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These images show the effect called Aureole (refracted light in the upper atmosphere of Venus). I was surprised how easy it was to see visually through the eyepiece of my scope. All the images were taken with a 6 inch f8 Fraunhofer (doublet) refractor and a herschel wedge solar filter, using green and yellow filters. Captured with a Sony TRV740E videocamera and stacks of multiple single frames.

Gene Henderson,
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Jun. 08

I could see the tiny dot of Venus on the red sun naked eye. The haze made it also possible for me to snap photos like this one through the eyepiece of my 3 1/2' refractor using a 3.2mp digital camera.

more: from Bill All of Virginia Beach, VA; from Stephane Levesque of Luceville, Quebec; from Terrence Ling of Tsim Shan Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; from Francisco Reyes at the Rosemary Hill Observatory in Florida; from Moretti Stefano of Forlì, Italy; from Dennis Pang of Hong Kong; from Koen Sponselee (age 12) at Veere near Middelburg the capitol of Zeeland in Holland; from Ronald Zincone of Wickford, Rhode Island; from Sing Yin Secondary School Astronomy Club of Hong Kong SAR;

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