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The 2004 Venus Transit - Leslie Park

On rare occasions, Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun.  During the twenty-first century, it will happen twice, once in the year 2004, and once in the year 2012.  Such events are called Venus Transits.

For the most recent Venus Transit, which took place on the morning of June 8, 2004, a group of Lowbrows gathered at Leslie Park (in Ann Arbor, Michigan).  The following photographs were taken at this event.

Group Photo

A group photograph of Lowbrows at Leslie Park.

Sunrise

The sun rises above the horizon.  Visitors were able to see Venus, however you cannot see Venus in this photograph, it does not have enough resolution.

Mark Deprest

Mark Deprest looking at Venus.  On the left Bernard Friberg and John Causland stand next to another telescope.

Mike Garrahan #1

Mike Garrahan #2

Mike and Chris

Mike Garrahan and Chris Sarnecki (with the glasses) demonstrate two methods of observing the sun: Projecting the image onto paper and using glasses with specially designed filters are safe methods of observing the sun.  Another safe method is to use a telescope with an appropriate solar filter.  Other methods can lead to permanent eye damage.

Visitors #1

Visitors #2

Visitors #3

Visitors looking at Venus.

See also Astrophotos of Venus From Leslie Park by John Causland, Astrophotos of Venus From Leslie Park by Chris Sarnecki.

Photo Credits

Mike Garrahan #2, Visitors #1, Visitors #2 were taken by Chris Sarnecki.

Group Photo, Sunrise, Mark Deprest, Mike Garrahan #1, Mike and Chris, Visitors #3 were taken by John Causland.

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