Transit of Venus 2012

The Transit of Venus, 6:20:34 pm on June 5, 2012 in Davidson, NC. Image taken through a Lunt solar telescope using an Imaging Source monochrome video camera.

In front of Chambers on June 5, 2012, the Physics Department set up several telescopes for the Transit of Venus. Given our location, the first 90 minutes (the ingress, where Venus enters the disk of the Sun) of the ~7 hour transit event was visible. Venus transits are rare events with the next transit scheduled for 2117. Transits of Venus were very important historically in determining the size of the Earth's orbit around the Sun.

These images were taken with either a Meade ETX 105 with a solar filter, eyepiece, and iPhone, or a Lunt solar telescope and an Imaging Source video camera. Selected images are below

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