||June 8, 2004 Venus Transit: At this magnification the rotation of the earth quickly carried the planet and sun out of the telescopes's field of view. That's why the image is slightly motion-blurred. Next time maybe I'll have a telescope with a tracking motor. Only three large bodies come between the Sun and the Earth: Venus, the Moon (as seen from Iceland last year) and Mercury. The next Mercury transit is in 2006. It will be a much smaller dot than either Venus or (certainly) the Moon. [#500-3702] Click on image for next photo.