Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Transit of Venus

I totally geeked out today. I found out Saturday that on Tuesday we were to behold the Transit of Venus, which is essentially a solar eclipse, except with Venus, except no eclipse.

I grabbed an old welder's mask filter and held it in front of my 42x optical zoom camera.  It's still a bit blurry, but the filter wasn't really meant for a camera, not to mention it turns everything green. I had my shutter speed set to 1/2000th of a second. It was still too bright to pick up on the nuances of the surface of the sun.

Transit of Venus
Venus passing in front of the Sun
Apparently, this isn't due to happen again until 2117. I'm glad I made the time and effort to capture it.

I did manage to grab a photo of the "supermoon" as it came up over the hill, about a month back.

Supermoon
Supermoon

I wish the stupid sun hadn't set before I caught the solar eclipse.  I would have been 3/3 in terms of photographic astronomical phenomenon this year.

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