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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Unless otherwise stated, all images are copyrighted by the photographers.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Ron Wayman,
Tampa Fl
Jun. 08, 2008

Picture taken at 0705 with a Nikon CP995, Binoculars and Solar Sunglasses. Almost didn't make it due to clouds!

Aberdeen,Hong Kong
Jun. 08

Sunset behind a hill, the black shadow before the Sun are some overhead power lines. The small dot is Venus. Celestron 4' refractor, Canon A70 afocal, iso100, f4, 1/20s

Woody Emanuel,
Rockport, Maine
Jun. 08

Taken with Nikon Coolpix 990 digital camera through Meade ETX-105 telescope 06:37 EDT. Taken during light fog conditions.

Lody & Alden Page,
Muncy, PA, USA
Jun. 08
#1, #2, #3, #4

A great example of binocular projection. Pictures taken at Katy's Church in the Muncy Hills.

Rolla, Missouri, USA
Jun. 08
#1, more

In Rolla, the transit had already begun and was nearing 3rd contact before the sun started rising. Since the sun was fairly low, we were able to see the sun directly and could actually see venus with the naked eye on the disc of the sun. The picture was taken by holding up the camera to a binocular while holding the binocular by hand!!! The wind made it quite a balancing act, but the result was worth it! Photo details: Sony DSC-P71, +2.0 exposure metering value, focus to infinity, full optical(3x) + digital(2x) zoom.

Charles Kiesel,
Princeton, Indiana
Jun. 08

Photo was taken of the sun's image projected onto white paper using a 60mm 20X telescope. A Canon digital camera with macro setting was used to photograph the image of Venus in transit across the sun.

Jacques-André REGNIER,
Etréchy, France (50km in the south of Paris)
Jun. 08
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Photo details : 6/8/2004, 9h30 UT, Etréchy, France. Nexstar 5i (SCT 127 mm), Canon EOS 300D at prime focus, Solar filter Thousand Oaks Optical 2+. -- don't include my e-mail address on the spaceweather site, but it's ok to include my web site address.

Vasilis Wooseas,
Jun. 08

The tiny sunspot 627 was visible as well but Venus was far more spectacular than I expected it to be -a perfectly dark disk! PD: Celestron 4 inch refractor and Nikon Coolpix 2000.

Aharon Sharony,
Sederot, Israel
Jun. 08
#1, #2

The first picture was taken in contact II. The second was taken before Contact III. Projected sun image through a 60mm telescope, Olympus C-100 camera.

more: from David E. Johnson of Joliet, IL, USA; from Roger Marcoux Photography in the White Mountains of Bartlett, NH, USA; from Rodrigo Lazo of Caracas, Venezuela; from Nicola Cosanni of Pescara, Region Abruzzo, Italy

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