Venus Transit 2012: Amazing Photos by Skywatchers

Venus Crossing the Sun in the Clouds

Matt Molloy

Skywatcher Matt Molloy took this image on June 5, 2012 from Ontario, Canada.

Venus Transit 2012 Seen in Pisa, Italy

Giuseppe Petricca

Giuseppe Petricca sent in this photo of the June 5, 2012, Venus transit taken in Pisa, Italy. He writes: "The last days here in Pisa were totally overcast, but on this morning it cleared up, giving us a wonderful show! The first pic is a mosaic of the sun rising behind a local mountain, but with Venus clearly visible! The second is in the 'middle' of our transit period and the last one is the characteristic 'Black Drop Effect' near the end of the transit. All pics taken with my Nikon P90 filtered with a wielding glass".

Transit of Venus at Balanced Rock

Jimmy Westlake

Astronomy and Physics Professor Jimmy Westlake and his wife Linda sent in this photo. They write: "From Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, smoke from distant fires reddened the setting sun as it carried the dark disk of Venus toward the northwestern horizon. Standing in stark silhouette in apparent defiance of gravity, Balanced Rock has, no doubt, seen many transits of Venus before this one. This image is a 1/750 second exposure with a Fuji FinePix S2 Pro digital camera set at ISO 100 through a 300 mm Nikkor telephoto lens at f22. The image was snapped at 8:37 pm MDT on June 5, 2012."

Sunspot and Venus Transit

Greg Diesel Walck

Photographer Greg Diesel Walck snapped this photo of Venus transiting across the sun, with sunspots included, on June 5, 2012 from Currituck, North Carolina. Walck used a Sony Alpha A77 400mm with double digital zoom, equipped with a plano opaque tint optical lens as a filter.

Sunset Transit

Dena Sparks

Dena Sparks of Hermosa Beach, Calif., shot this scene of the sun and Venus setting behind the Malibu Mountains from Manhattan Beach on June 5, 2012. Sparks used a Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera and 70–200 mm telephoto lens with a 2x teleconverter.

Venus Transit Viewing at Chabot Space & Science Center

Conrad Jung/Chabot Space & Science Center

Large numbers of visitors turned out for Venus transit viewing at the Chabot Space & Science Center's viewing party on June 5, 2012. The center is located in the Oakland Hills of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Venus Transit 2012 Viewing at Chabot Space & Science Center

Conrad Jung/Chabot Space & Science Center

Guests wait in line to view the Venus transit on June 5, 2012, at Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, CA.

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