Venus Transit 2012
- Title: Venus Transit 2012
- State/Province/Region: Illinois
- Country: United States
- Nearest Area: River North
- Nearest Town: Chicago
- Best Season: Summer
- Description: Since the Venus Transit wont happen again for another 105 years, I made sure I was in a prime position to photograph it yesterday. A "Transit" is one of the most rare astronomical events due to the fact that orbits are tilted. It happens when either of the planets with smaller orbital paths than the Earth align and from our view here on the Earth, the planet appears and crosses the solar disk of the Sun. The Venus Transit happens in pairs 8 years apart, followed by a gap of over a century before the next pair. Only 8 Venus Transits (including 2012) have occurred since the invention of the telescope and only 4 since the invention of the camera. Here is the transit as the Sun sets over the horizon in Chicago Il.
FYI: I had someone message me about "dust" on my sensor and I wanted to clear up any confusion. There are two spots on the solar disk in this photo. The large one is venus, and the smaller one is sunspot AR1494, which is caused by intense magnetic activity and harbors energy for C-class solar flares...
- Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 2.8L USM II - Canon Extender 2x II - Tiffen Circular Polarizer - Tiffen 4 stop ND Filter
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