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Venus Transit June 5, 2012

Four frames from the transit of Venus across the disk of the Sun, taken from near Hampstead, Maryland, north of Baltimore. There were clouds most of the time, but at least it was clear and visible at the start, for a while later, and again just before sunset. The first frame is just after Venus begins crossing the limb of the Sun, the dot near the top of the sun's disk. The other dark patches are sunspots. The last frame is just before sunset with clouds, redder (and blurrier) from passing through more air. Here on the east coast the sun set before the transit finished.

Equipment: Celestron C5 (1250mm f/10), Nikon D300, solar filter.

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Taken on June 5, 2012