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Venus Transit 2012
 Martin Myslivec used his G1-2000 CCD camera on Lunt LS T Ha 60 solar telescope to capture transit of Venus across the Sun. Enjoy images of this rare event, next opportunity will be no earlier than on December 2117.

Venus transiting in front of the Sun disk is no longer a significant event from the scientific point of view (Venus transits were observed in an effort to actually measure real distances in our Solar system when only relative distances calculated from Kepler laws were known). Still, it is quite rare, interesting and also beautiful and some generations have no chance to see it at all. We present images captured by astrophotographer Martin Myslivec with G1-2000 CCD camera on Lunt Halpha solar telescope.

Rising Sun, distorted by atmosphere, with dark Venus silhouette. Image captured by ordinary 400 mm telephoto lens without filter.

Rising Sun, distorted by atmosphere, with dark Venus silhouette. Image captured by ordinary 400 mm telephoto lens without filter.

Following images were captured through narrow-band Halpha solar telescope. 250 best images of 500 were used to stack the images. Because Venus motion is visible during acquisition of 500 frames, Venus image is stacked from only 50 frames not to be blurred by motion.

Composition image of Venus exiting the solar disk. Second image is so-called third contact (Venus “touches” disk border) and the fourth image shows fourth contact—Venus leaves solar disk for more than 100 years.

All images on this page courtesy Martin Myslivec.

 
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