Hope some of you caught the Venus transit today, an event in which the planet travels across the face of the sun, appearing as a small, moving dot on its surface from observers on Earth. Don’t worry, if you missed it though – the next one is only in 100 years or so. I woke up pretty excited to catch it on film, or at least image it through a piece of paper or burnt glass – instead I got this. Oh, well at least some folks have been a lot luckier than me or some other ZME readers, and caught some incredible frames of the Venus transit.
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Photo taken in Southern California, US, by Bill Pinnell with a special solar telescope.
Venus nearing the sun, as it preps to leap towards transit.
Beautiful shot of the Venus transit right near sunset. Courtesy of reddit user kurtkaboom.
Stevie Driscoll holds the reflected image of the Sun in Toronto, Canada. Boyfriend Adrian Philp said: "I was reminded of something Neil de Grasse Tyson said: 'We are the Universe, made manifest, trying to figure itself out'. It was magical." Photo: Adrian Philp
Venus moves to pass across the sun, in this image captured by Japan's Hinode satellite on June 6, 2012. (c) REUTERS/JAXA/Handout
The view from Mount Penteli near Athens, Greece. Spyros Skikos said: " In this photo we can see the eastern hills of Attica region and also get a glimpse of Evia Island further back. It was magnificent being able to watch such a once-in-a-lifetime event".
Venus in a palm. Photo by reddit user omenmedia.