The Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012. I was lucky to observe this second transit of Venus of the century. I set up my hydrogen-alpha solar telescope on the shore of Georgian Bay, and along with my wife and a couple of friends watched as the planet Venus slowly passed between the Sun and the Earth. Eight years earlier we also watched a transit on the morning of June 8th 2004. That transit was underway at sunrise, and finished as the Sun rose into the morning sky. The 2012 transit started in the early evening, and was still underway at sunset.
Transits of Venus occur in pairs separated by eight years, followed by over a century without a transit. The next transit of Venus will be in December 2117.
Here's a link to my June 8th 2004 transit photograph.
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