Venus in transit

Last night, Venus crawled its way across the sun for the last time until 2117. This what it looked like, in case you missed it.

A lot of people missed it. In the UK, all but half-an-hour of the transit happened overnight, and that which should have been visible was shrouded in heavy cloud – at least it was above my house. There were some good views in the USA, but many of the stargazers gathered in New York for an evening’s entertainment had to battle with rain clouds too.

The internet is alive today with beautiful images of our nearest star with that little black dot creeping across it, but the prize for ‘best photos of the transit’ goes to NASA. The one above is the most beautiful thing I have seen in a long time, and it can be downloaded as computer wallpaper – a nice touch. This one, taken from the ISS by astronaut Soichi Noguchi, is pretty excellent – but his fellow astronaut Don Pettit has upped the ante here. Enjoy.


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