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The transit of Venus

December 2012: Our sister planet's trip across the Sun produced some spectacular effects.
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On June 5, my wife, Donna, and I watched Venus sail across the Sun’s face from Volcano, Hawaii. From beginning to end, the nearly seven-hour event thrilled us with a series of remarkable phenomena. Earth’s atmosphere caused most of the effects, but Venus’ atmosphere created one, and another occurred in our minds. We observed them all at 100x through a 3-inch f/7 Tele Vue refractor with a full-aperture Astrozap Baader AstroSolar Filter.

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