The Transit of Venus

Photos submitted by Dr. Salomón Itzá on 6/5/2012.

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On the evening of June 5, 2012, Dr. Salomón Itzá set up a telescope equipped with a solar filter so members of the the campus community and friends could observe a part of the transit of the planet Venus across the face of the sun. This was the last chance for most people who are living now to see this event -- it won't happen again until the year 2117.

The planet Venus (the black dot in the lower right) as it started its transit across the Sun, as seen with a university telescope, a 10 inch Meade LX-200 equipped with a solar filter. The lighter brown spots on the sun's disc are sunspots, which are caused by increased magnetic activity on the sun.