June Recap: Transit of Venus

As some of you may know, the much-anticipated transit of Venus occurred last month on June 5th, 2012. Since it won’t happen again for another 105 years, we hope you had a chance to witness it!

One of our lucky clients went to Tahiti to watch this rare celestial event, and here’s what he had to say about the experience: “Thanks so much for all your effort to arrange my trip to Tahiti. It was a wonderful trip and a successful transit of Venus… I feel the need for another Polynesian vacation coming on.” He also sent a few photos of the transit and explains each one below. For those of you that missed it, here’s your chance to see what it looks like!

“The first photo is of me at Point Venus with my solar telescope.”

Transit Viewing

“The second photo was taken by a friend of mine in California. It was taken through a Hydrogen-Alpha (or H-alpha) filtered telescope – like mine.  The filter rejects all energy bands except for a very narrow band in the red part of the light spectrum. That way you can see the solar flares and prominences in the Sun’s atmosphere. Look near the edges of the Sun. The black dot is Venus. The other “freckles” are sunspots. Enjoy.”

Transit of Venus, 2012

Our friends at Paul Gauguin Cruises also set up a viewing in Bora Bora with their on-staff astronomer, Bill Kramer. Here’s a fantastic personal account from someone who was there, and below is a video from the day of the transit:

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