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

Jan Koeman,
Middelburg, The Netherlands
Jun. 08, 2004

Celestron C8 with Baader filter and Nikon Coolpix 4500, 100 iso, 1/40 sec f5, 1 stop underexposed to reveal the atmosphere of Venus

William E. Rison,
Wayside, Maryland, USA
Jun. 08

This picture was taken without a solar filter because the sun was very low to the horizon and low clouds. Photo details: Nikon D100 digital camera, 200 ASA, 1/90sec. Vixen FL102S fluorite refractor, 4', f/8.

Jerry Xiaojin Zhu,
Pittsburgh, PA
Jun. 08
#1, #2

Photo 1: Double transit! An airplane happened to transit the sun too. Photo 2: the ring of light around Venus. From 4 photos seconds apart. All with 8'/f6 Dob, Baader filter, 18mm eyepiece, Nikon coolpix 995 camera.

Carol Lakomiak,
Tomahawk Wis. USA, 45N 89W
Jun. 08
#1, more

It was a cloudy sunrise, but thankfully they opened up a bit for about 10 minutes. Nikon CP4300 and Meade 90mm ETX at 31x.

Vince Chrisman,
Sterling Heights, MI
Jun. 08

Tear-drop effect. Taken with a Meade LX200 GPS 10' UHTC and a Casio Exilim digital camera held to the eyepiece. -Warren Astronomical Society

Dr. Tim Smith,
Crawley, West Sussex, U.K.
Jun. 08
#1, #2, #3

Images projected with 60 mm terrestrial refractor, with a magnification of 60x. Photographed with an Olympus mju-300 at 9.15 UT.

Doucats, Wah! & Zephix,
Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Jun. 08

Celestron c80wa, 300D. After chasing with Venus transit for a whole day, we finially have to say goodbye to the Sun and Venus.

Iliyan Darganov,
Varna, Bulgaria
Jun. 08
#1, #2, more

Nikon Coolpix 995, 64/800-mm telescope, 40-mm eyepiece, AstroSolar filter. The weather was cloudy but at the 3-th contact the sky was clear.

George Fleenor,
Bradenton, Florida
Jun. 08

Venus transit at sunrise with light cloud cover as seen from Manatee County, Florida. Nikon D100 2 sec exp @ 900mm

more: from Runar Sandnes of Gloppen, Norway; from Philippe Moussette of Québec, Canada; from Bill Walbek of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, USA; from John Yurek of Irwin, Pennsylvania, USA; from Danny Bekerman of Petach Tikva, Israel; from David Stanislaw of Troy, Ohio, USA; from John Kocijanski of Central Valley, NY, USA; from Joseph Horne of Lake Wales, Florida, USA; from Ed Scott of Tampa, Florida, USA;

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