Transit of Venus
Twice every century or
so, the planet Venus passes in front of the Sun. Sir James Cook
sailed halfway around the world to see this and claimed Australia for
the crown in the process. When the same phenomenon took place over the eastern United States in 2004, who was I not to set up the telescope just
in case the rain stopped and heavy clouds parted for a few minutes?
They did. Just long enough.
In terrestial photography, the key to a lot of good
photos is just being in the right place at the right time: "F8
and be there." Every
now and again, the rest of the universe makes
a gift of a good astrophotograph, too. This one is a case of "1000mm
and be there."
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