Last Venus Transit of the Sun for over 100 years.

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© Richard Bruns
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It happened in 2004 and on June 5, 2012. It won't happen again until the 22nd Century! In this composited image, Venus crosses the sun's edge in top of photo left. The edge of Venus clears sun's edge in second photo. Third and fourth photos show Venus moving along. In California, where these photos were taken, the transit had not completed by sunset and continued for a little more than an hour. The dark spots visible across the rest of the sun's surface are sunspots. The sun is undergoing a maximum period of sunspot activity which fluctuates through an eleven year cycle.

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  • Michael Lipin

    Michael Lipin gave props (8 Jun 2012):

    not just a great composition but also a nice explanation!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (9 Jun 2012):

    This is awesome!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (9 Jun 2012):

    Nothing less than fantastic!!!! You really captured the best photos I've seen of the event!

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