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Venus Transit

Venus Transit
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-08
Categories: Sky
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40 points or more (Chapter 5)., Heavens Above [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-24 4:12
Viewed: 4359
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I noticed, you like astronomy pictures from time to time :-) Today very special one, not only for me. These four frames was taken by me almost year ago during Venus Solar Transit. On this day half our globe was able to watch the tiny black dot of the planet Venus moving across the disc of the Sun. It was absolutelly special day for astronomers all over the world. Similiar event took place in 1882, next one will be in 2012 and 2117. So as you can see this is very rare event. I remember this day very good - I was in work [yeah, why not ;-)]. Event started early morning but sky was cloudy. We were waiting and waiting, fortunatelly our bosses waited with us :-) And then, about noon sky turned clear and sun became good visible. I grabbed my cam and took many pictures. All you can see on my presentation are pictures taken in same time. Unfortunatelly sky turned cloudy soon and we had to back to work.

Three pictures are 'common' but one [upper right] is total enigma for me. As you can see there is something in upper area of Sun's disk. I don't know what is it. Maybe insect which flew between cam and disk, maybe kind of aircraft? Theoretically there is possibility of capture even satellites or International Space Station in this way, but this is ultrarare event.

Pictures were taken with my Olympus on maximum zoom x10. Of course it isn't permitted to look through any optical instrument directly into the Sun without any filters!!! As a filter I used thick piece of glass from weldor's handshield. Results wasn't bad IMHO :-)

This - http://www.venus-transit.de/ - is probably the best site about this event. And here - http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/sunearthday/2004/vt_vtstory_2004.htm - there is very interesting story about Transit and its scientific worth.

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Looks like tablets for gizzard :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-24 4:19]

Very interresting shot Greg!
Presentation,your note and composition are perfect.Nice job!TFS...:-)

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-05-24 4:23]

Woow.. this is great, I like the colours very much, and yes it is a special event, great notes and great shot presentation, well done, thanks for sharing

Hello Greg!
When I saw the thumbnail,though you had posted a dice(face-four).An unusual and interresting shot with excellent note.Thanks for sharing.

The photo is interresting,good notes.TFS!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-24 6:54]

Greg, congratulations on these shots - and such an historical event too. Your camera did well. I'm very impressed with the results of the sun and Venus. Very interesting photos and information. Thank you...
I'm going astronomical today too.

Great stuff Greg and very interesting..I think the extra spot you refer to is probably just a sun spot but I could be wrong. Was it possible that it is mercury, in the nearest orbit to the sun? Thanks for sharing - Well done my friend!

Different and informative. Nice composition.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-24 8:05]

Very well captured Greg,
I like the composition and presentation here.
We dont get to see many astronomy shots at TN,I think this is the first one of Venus too.
Great work and a very interesting note.
Well done.

Great shot Greg. Very interesting !! it has a strange colour :)


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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-24 15:07]

Hi Greg, after I read the note, able to understand what's happening. Very interesting shot and I think very well done considering the equipments you used.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-24 15:11]

Hi Greg, interesting set of four. Excellent note to accompany this shot. Nice work and I think it's a UFO.

Very interesting post Greg,
Excellent note and well presented.
Thanks for posting

Great shot Greg!
Again very good quality and superb dice-like presentation. It looks really great.
I like it very much.
Well done!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-05-24 16:16]

fota nie z tej ziemi! T.zn. Wenus. Brawo za astronomiczne próby.

For the set upyou used this is an amazing capture, well done TFS

This is very interesting, Greg. The four dots surely catches the eye and draws the reader closer. Very well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-25 14:21]

Hi Greg
very nice - I also shot it, but my susn is bright and white - I used a binocular to throw the sun onto a piece of paper and them photographed the sun on the paper! So I have quite a big sun, talen with a 70 mm lens.
Did you like the revenge of the Sith? Not the best one, but then, we knew Anakin were goint to become DV.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-26 3:41]

Waouh ! Intéressant montage photographique pour cette belle vénus extraterrestre.
Wonderful, interesting presentation ! TFS.

Wonderful capture of this historical and scientific event!
I would like to see more of these photos anytime, Grzegorz. I thank you for a very interesting photo and notes.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-27 22:19]

Hello Greg.
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing this very interestingand unique post.

Great composition Greg. The colour in the 4 frames is spectacular. Nice presentation. Good note. Thanks

Fascinating presentation Grzegorz and excellent read. I also remember this day well as I took a day off work to do something similar to this. Unfortunately the day was overcast and I got nothing. I watched the event live on the Internet though.

Regards Steve.

Nice documentation of this event, great color and interesting note. Well done.

Hi Grzegorz

You saw this phenomena from Poland, I observed it from Switzerland without camera...



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