June 5, 2012 – Lexington, Kentucky, USA – The planet Venus can be seen as a small black dot as it crosses in front of the setting sun on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The planet’s transit across the sun, which lasted over 6 hours, will not be seen again until 2117. The transit began at around 6 p.m. EST and could be viewed until the sun set at around 9 p.m.
We started the evening at the nearby Arboretum, but cloud cover was pretty thick. There were hundreds of people gathered to look through telescopes and cameras, but most of them left disappointed. I could see that there might be a break in the clouds on the horizon, but it was cluttered from the vantage point at the Arboretum. After rushing through three parking garages, we finally found a good, mostly unobstructed view from the fourth one. The sun dropped below some clouds just in time – I only shot for less than 7 minutes before the sun – and Venus – disappeared completely below the horizon.
The Transit of Venus – Images by David Stephenson