Transit of Venus

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Inspired by the upcoming transit of Venus, here are some photos of the previous transit that I’ve been meaning to upload for, erm, 8 years…

The apparatus:

A piece of paper with a hole in it covering a shaving mirror

A piece of paper with a hole in it covering a shaving mirror

Attached to a tripod with a cable tie

Attached to a tripod with a cable tie

 

Pointed through a bedroom window (the reflection of the sun is visible through the window in this shot)

Pointed through a bedroom window (the reflection of the sun is visible through the window in this shot)

 

The projection of the sun onto the rear wall (and tripod from which larger pictures were taken)

The projection of the sun onto the rear wall (and tripod from which larger pictures were taken)

All in order to produce lots of images like this, sadly a bit out of focus because (a) I was struggling with the autofocus on the camera and (b) the hole in the paper was too large so the image on the wall wasn’t so sharp to begin with:

Early transit

Early transit

I’d like to do better this year, but I’ll be in Berlin meaning that it will only be visible from dawn (4:46!) through 6:54; I’m likely to be asleep throughout…

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