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.

At this magnification the rotation of the earth quickly carried the planet and sun out of the telescopesīs field of view. Thatīs why the image is slightly motion-blurred. Next time maybe Iīll 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.  Click for next photo.

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