To view the transit of Venus today Isabelle and I grabbed our eclipse shades and headed up the block to find our neighbors Jaime and Allen Morton with their grand daughter Lilly in the observatory in their back yard.
They were busy recording and documenting the event but were happy to share the experience with us. Allen is a retired astronomy professor and is so much fun to be around when anything is happening in the sky.The sun had been hidden by storm clouds and had just shown through when we arrived. They said three year old Lilly had prayed that the sun would be visible and her prayer had been answered right away.
We could clearly see Venus crossing the sun using our eclipse shades but the telescope projected an image of the sun onto the wall of the observatory that we could photograph. You can even see sun spots in this projection. Allen had a camera set up so he could take photos through the telescope, he takes some amazing photos and has had some in the National Geographic magazine. But alas, these are only my photos of the event.
The dot near the edge is Venus which is about the same size as the earth. The other spots are sun spots.
This is a close up taken by Isabelle.
These guys are so much fun, and they have been great friends. After we got these photos the wind picked up and the sun was envelpoed by heavy clouds again. I can't wait to see the images Allen took.