Transit of Venus - June 5, 2012

Venus in transit across the Sun - June 5, 2012

Sunset on June 5, 2012

The sunset on June 5, 2012, was a little unusual, because the setting Sun had a big black dot on it as it disappeared below the horizon. The transit of Venus on June 5, 2012, was still in progress when the Sun set behind the mountains of Arizona.

In 2004, I was able to watch the entire 2004 transit of Venus, from beginning to end, because I traveled to Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean. I photographed the 2012 transit of Venus from my home in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was able to observe the transit for several hours of until sunset. We had perfect weather in Arizona, and the Sun was shining in a beautiful clear sky all day during the 2012 transit of Venus.

This image was taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel SLR camera on a Takahashi FCT-150 refractor using a Thousand Oaks Optical Type 2+ solar filter, all carried on a Takahashi NJP Temma mount. This image was taken from my backyard in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Sun & Venus
June 5, 2012
Image by Sid Leach
Scottsdale, Arizona

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