Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Venus In The Sky With Photographic Filters

The last transit of Venus during our lifetime was across the sun's lowering stare from our western horizon...unfortunately, shrouded by clouds around here last night.  However, it didn't stop others throughout the US and abroad from catching a glimpse in what is a relatively rare sight to begin with...and one that any of us won't have the opportunity to see again until 2117.  Good luck with seeing it again unless we find a Fountain of Youth.

For those of us who didn't get to see it in person...check out the BBC's slideshow of various shots sent in yesterday as the transit took place in view for much of the globe to see (whether at sunrise, sunset, or the duration of transit depending on location).  The slideshow is pretty cool given it's international and shows photos from as close as New York as well as Europe and down under in Australia.

Venus at sunset with a palm tree in view. Photo from Billy Mallery, as delivered via twitter.

The transit of Venus occurs twice within eight years -- it last occurred in 2004 -- but after it's twice in eight year occurrence it doesn't happen again for another 105 years.  That cycle can vary to over 130 years depending on planetary movement around the sun, as well as their angle of rotation around the sun, but the cycle generally is four transits within a 243 year cycle (generally two in eight, the other two farther apart).