Venus, being the second planet away from the Sun is normally seen in the early morning or early night sky as a bright star, which has earned it the title of Morning Star or Evening Star. However, Venus’ orbit appeared most noticeable to us Earthlings yesterday as it passed directly between our planet and the Sun.
Of course, unlike a solar eclipse, it takes a little more than a simple cardboard gadget to catch a look at this heavenly body in this uncommon position, which will not happen again until 2117.
Venus is nearly four times larger than our moon, but against the blinding light of the sun, the tiny spot where the sun doesn’t shine is quite small.
A photographer/reporter friend of mine caught the following image as Venus started her 6 hour and 40 minute journey across our view of the sun.
Photo Credit: Pieter Van Hiel
Shot with a Sony A200 using 70mm lens and a x2 teleconverter through a #12 welder’s glass.
From my part of the world, the best time to look at Venus is after 6pm, but the sun went down yesterday before Venus could make the whole trip for me.
I know this should go without saying, but please, if you are EVER attempting to look directly at the sun, you should always use appropriate protective gear and viewing equipment.
Did you see Venus yesterday as it was passing in front of the sun? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below!