They were so beautiful today–the Sun and Venus as they crossed paths for the last time until the 22ND Century
Venus, as she made first contact with the limb of the Sun at approximately 5:05pm CST, then she slowly went into ingress, creating the ever so sublime “black drop effect” (well, sort of a black drop effect as it looked more spread out to me) …….
…..then Venus was into complete ingress.
The weather was very cooperative, with only one incident of cloud cover, after Venus made her first contact and went into second contact. After about a twenty minute wait for the clouds to pass, I was rewarded with the rest of my view with a cool breeze and a cloudless sky. A few people drove by or stopped to ask if they could view the transit, and I was most happy to oblige them.
After Venus was well into her second contact, a bird flew by in my scope view. Quite a contrast when seen in relation to Venus and the Sun.
I stayed and watched the transit until about 7:30PM CST, went home to continue my views online, as the Sun had set at aproximately 8:15pm CST, and then drank a toast to Venus and the Sun.
To view the broadcast live from the Mauna Loa Exploratorium, Hawaii, click here.
I waited eight years for this event, and it was magnificent.
For those of you who could not witness the event, here are some photos taken from around the world as Venus made her legendary transit acoss the Sun. Also, I have provided some links on news coverage of the event here, here, and here.