San Diego - California - USA, 6 June 2012

Venus Transit

Transits of Venus in front of the solar disk are very rare. They occured on 8 June 2004 and again on 6 June 2012 and will not happen again before 10 December 2117. Choosing carefully the location in San Diego, California, where the weather forecast was promising, I observed with friends and colleagues the last Venus Transit of the century.

Venus is transiting in front of the spotted solar disk from early afternoon until sunset. As the Sun goes down to horizon, the images are distorded due to atmospheric diffraction. The rare "green flash" is also clearly seen on top of the solar disk. The last few frames were captured without solar filter, while a US Air Force chopper flies by and the Sun sets infront of Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands.

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