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Astrophotography from Eagle Hill

The Transit of Venus, 2012

The Sun is silver almost like the moon while a black dot (Venus) and clouds pass in front of it.
Golden sunset photo showing the transit of Venus. Venus is a tiny black dot almost as small as a pixel in front of a bright glowing Sun.
Black sky and clouds with a deep red Sun. Venus is a black dot in front of the Sun
The Transit of Venus across the Sun on June 5th, 2012. Photographs are from the summit of Eagle Hill in Steuben, Maine on a cloudy day. © by Ahti Launis, Lithuania, an Eagle Hill alumnus.

A transit of venus occurs when Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth. This alignment is rare, coming in pairs that are eight years apart but separated by over a century.

Dates of past transits of Venus
December 9, 1874
December 6, 1882
June 8, 2012
June 5, 2012

Dates of future transits of Venus
December 11th, 2117
December 8th, 2125

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