Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Viewing a celestial rarity

  Groups of observers were brought to the roof of Angell Hall every 15 minutes to view Tuesday's "transit of Venus" through solar telescopes set up by the Department of Astronomy. At left, viewed through a telescope fitted with a hydrogen-alpha filter, Venus can be seen as a small red dot moving across the face of the sun. This rare celestial event, which occurs when Venus passes between Earth and the sun, will not be seen again for 105 years.

The viewing opportunity drew amateur astronomers of all ages.

As the sun sets, Venus can still be seen making its way across the solar face. This photo was taken from Ashley Street, between Huron and Washington.