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2004 Venus Transit Photo Gallery

Part A

Photographs by Fred Espenak

On June 8, 2004, the planet Venus passed across the disk of the Sun in a rare transit. The last such transit occurred in 1882 so the astronomical community was eager to witness this historic event. The complete details can be found at the NASA Transit of Venus website.

Spears Travel organized a group of about 40 people to witness this amazing event from the Aegean shore of Greece. The following photographs were taken from Sounion, Greece where we enjoyed a great view of the transit.

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Transit of Venus
06:00 UT
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Transit of Venus
06:40 UT
(TV2004-148w)

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Transit of Venus
07:20 UT
(TV2004-156w)

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Transit of Venus
08:00 UT
(TV2004-164w)

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Transit of Venus
08:40 UT
(TV2004-172w)

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Transit of Venus
09:20 UT
(TV2004-180w)

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Transit of Venus
10:00 UT
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Transit of Venus
10:39 UT
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2004 Transit of Venus

A forty minute time interval separates each frame in the above series of exposures. The apparent motion of Venus with respect to the Sun is clearly revealed.

Transit of Venus - 2004 June 08 (Sounion, Greece)
Vixen 80mm Fluorite Refractor, f/8 (fl=640mm) + AstroPhysics 2x Barlow
Nikon D100, EI200, f/16, 1/1000 using Thousand Oaks Type 3 Solar Filter
Photo 2004 by Fred Espenak

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Ingress Sequence 1
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Ingress Sequence 1 (TV2004matrix1w)

Ingress of the Transit of Venus is captured in a sequence of twelve separate images spanning about 20 minutes.

Transit of Venus - 2004 June 08 (Sounion, Greece)
Vixen 80mm Fluorite Refractor, f/8 (fl=640mm) + AstroPhysics 2x Barlow
Nikon D100, EI200, f/16, 1/1000 using Thousand Oaks Type 3 Solar Filter
Photo 2004 by Fred Espenak

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Ingress Sequence 2
(TV2004matrix2w)

Ingress Sequence 2 (TV2004matrix2w)

Ingress of the Transit of Venus is captured in a sequence of six separate images spanning about 25 minutes.

Transit of Venus - 2004 June 08 (Sounion, Greece)
Vixen 80mm Fluorite Refractor, f/8 (fl=640mm) + AstroPhysics 2x Barlow
Nikon D100, EI200, f/16, 1/1000 using Thousand Oaks Type 3 Solar Filter
Photo 2004 by Fred Espenak

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Ingress Sequence 3
(TV2004matrix3w)

Ingress Sequence 3 (TV2004matrix3w)

Ingress of the Transit of Venus is captured in a sequence of four separate images spanning about 20 minutes.

Transit of Venus - 2004 June 08 (Sounion, Greece)
Vixen 80mm Fluorite Refractor, f/8 (fl=640mm) + AstroPhysics 2x Barlow
Nikon D100, EI200, f/16, 1/1000 using Thousand Oaks Type 3 Solar Filter
Photo 2004 by Fred Espenak

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Ingress Complete!
(TV2004-130w)

Ingress Complete! (TV2004-130w)

As the ingress stage of the eclipse ends, Venus' disk appears in complete silhouette against the disk of the Sun.

Transit of Venus - 2004 June 08 (Sounion, Greece)
Vixen 80mm Fluorite Refractor, f/8 (fl=640mm) + AstroPhysics 2x Barlow
Nikon D100, EI200, f/16, 1/1000 using Thousand Oaks Type 3 Solar Filter
Photo 2004 by Fred Espenak

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Transit Composite 1
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Transit Composite 1 (TV2004seq1w)

The entire Transit of Venus is captured in a composite photograph composed of 11 separate images taken at 30 minute intervals.

Transit of Venus - 2004 June 08 (Sounion, Greece)
Vixen 80mm Fluorite Refractor, f/8 (fl=640mm) + AstroPhysics 2x Barlow
Nikon D100, EI200, f/16, 1/1000 using Thousand Oaks Type 3 Solar Filter
Photo 2004 by Fred Espenak

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Transit Composite 2
(TV2004seq2w)

Transit Composite 2 (TV2004seq2w)

The entire Transit of Venus is captured in a composite photograph composed of 17 separate images taken at 20 minute intervals.

Transit of Venus - 2004 June 08 (Sounion, Greece)
Vixen 80mm Fluorite Refractor, f/8 (fl=640mm) + AstroPhysics 2x Barlow
Nikon D100, EI200, f/16, 1/1000 using Thousand Oaks Type 3 Solar Filter
Photo 2004 by Fred Espenak

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Transit in H-Alpha - 1
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Transit in H-Alpha - 1 (TV2004-329>332w)

The Transit of Venus is seen in H-Alpha or hydrogen light. This narrow band filter reveals the Sun's red chromosphere while Venus is seen in silhouette (07:16 UT).

Transit of Venus - 2004 June 08 (Sounion, Greece)
Coronado SolarMax 40 (40mm H-Alpha Refractor)
Nikon Coolpix 995, EI200, f/3.4, 1/250
Photo 2004 by Fred Espenak

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Transit in H-Alpha - 2
(TV2004-351+352w)

Transit in H-Alpha - 2 (TV2004-351+352w)

The Transit of Venus is seen in H-Alpha or hydrogen light. This narrow band filter reveals the Sun's red chromosphere while Venus is seen in silhouette (09:00 UT).

Transit of Venus - 2004 June 08 (Sounion, Greece)
Coronado SolarMax 40 (40mm H-Alpha Refractor)
Nikon Coolpix 995, EI200, f/3.4, 1/250
Photo 2004 by Fred Espenak

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Group at Poseidon
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Group at Poseidon (TV-group1w)

A happy group of transit observers poses with the Temple of Poseidon just a few hours after the historic event.

Transit of Venus - 2004 June 08 (Sounion, Greece)
Nikon D100, EI200, program exposure
Photo 2004 by Fred Espenak

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Transit T-Shirt
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Transit T-Shirt (TV-TShirt1w)

To commemorate the transit, expedition members received a special t-shirt designed for the transit. It includes an image of the medal issued by the Institut de France to all expedition participants of the 1874 transit (courtesy of Nathanael Berge and Christophe Marlot).

2004 Transit of Venus Design
2004 by Fred Espenak



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All photographs and animations are copyright by Fred Espenak.
Please contact him (at MrEclipse) for all uses of these images
in print, web, video, CD and all other media.

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