Transit of Venus

The transit of Venus on Tuesday delighted both astronomers and enthusiasts alike.  This was the last chance for many to view a transit of Venus with the next one predicted to occur in 2117. The celestial phenomenon was barely visible to the unaided human eye (using adequate protection from the sun’s damaging rays).

These photos were taken with a 300mm zoom lens at different times of  its transit. Venus started towards the top of the sun and traveled across down to the right hand-side of the sun. The full transit was only visible across the international date line. In California the sun had already set before the transit was over. The last photo of this slideshow also reveals some sunspots, which are the small, darker areas on the sun’s surface.