Venus Transit Recap

Thanks to everyone who made it out to see the Venus Transit!  There were well over 1000 people – luckily spread out over the 6 hours- who stopped by to catch this rare event!  We had a patch of beautiful blue skies the whole transit with just intermittent clouds.

photo by Ralph Morasch

If you were lucky enough to be there right at the beginning of the transit we were able to see the famous ring around Venus from light refracting through Venus’ atmosphere.  Several groups of sunspots were also visible on the sun surface.

Sunspots and Venus, photo by Ralph Morasch

Using the solar scope to view the transit, photo by Ralph Morasch

Thanks to some great astronomy students for making solar filters, solar funnels and telescope projectors, there were lots of great ways to see the transit!  Tacoma Astronomical Society members also dropped by with some bigger telescopes and H-alpha filters.

Venus and the sun projected with a solar funnel, photo by Dennis Brew

photo by Suzzanne Freeborn

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