It happens only once in a lifetime. The next is in 2117. So who would miss a lifetime event like the Venus Transit of June 6, 2012? It has been most awaited for, most researched on, most wrote about, and most planned for all over the world.
Long before the Venus Transit event, the Philippine Astronomical Society has already drummed up the once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event by posting information about Venus Transit at the organizational website, Yahoo account, Facebook page, and through its outreach seminars and lectures in schools.
The Philippine Astronomical Society (PAS) conducted their observation at the Manila Observatory (MO) roofdeck. Most members (PASers) stayed overnight at the MO ground floor on June 5 to be conveniently prepared and already on guard by the time the sun rises in the morning of June 6.
Most were apprehensive, however, of what the weather condition would be on June 6 because typhoon Ambo was still hovering in the northeastern areas of the Philippines thus giving rains and overcast skies days before. But the rainy weather did not hamper the enthusiasm of everyone come rain or shine.
More than 160 registered guests, TV crew, PASers were present during the Transit event although many more failed to register when they arrived at the roofdeck while the Transit was already going on from 5:45 AM to 12:48 PM. ABS-CBN and Channel 5 covered the event that was aired on television during the morning and night news shows.
Meanwhile, other members of the Philippine Astronomical Society based elsewhere also did their own individual observations. Our PAS colleagues also provided us with their observations and pictures. So we have feedbacks and photos from Canada, New York, Turkmenistan, and other cities in the Philippines besides Manila.
Pictures during the Venus Transit Observation at the Manila Observatory roofdeck can be viewed in these links -
photos by Lamer Morales
photos by Kashogi Astapanhttps://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150871780227861.413082.658762860&type=3
Some pictures are included at the very end of this report. Below are photos on the Venus transit taken by PASers from different places, along with their comments and observations.
From John Nassr at Baguio City
The much anticipated Venus solar transit of June 6, 1012 was obscured by fog and clouds at Stardust Observatory, Baguio all day. I was however lucky enough to catch a single brief thinning in the clouds and capture the event a few minutes just before third contact. The clouds quickly closed thereafter and were followed by a drizzle that prevented me from capturing the illuminated aureola or atmosphere as the profile of Venus' disk traveled across the edge of the Sun. The whole cloudy event was nevertheless quite impressive to behold.
From Clem Brazil at Queensland, Australia
Like everyone else, I was eagerly awaiting the transit though it doesn't mean the same as being prepared. I wanted to image the whole thing from start to finish but alas, it was not meant to be. And so I imaged what I could and did a half transit time-lapse. I have uploaded the images here:
I wish I could say I will do better next time but next time is a hundred years away.
From Roland Roldan at Muntinlupa City, Philippines
A complete photodocumentation of the Venus Transit from 1st contact to 4th contact.
"Tama ka. Nakaupo ako, nanonood ng NBA game then kapag biglang lumiwanag sabay tingin sa garden kung may araw, sabay kuha ng camera takbo, picture, picture! hahaha." Roland
(You are right. I was seated, watching the NBA game. Then, when the clouds clear and the sun shone brightly as I look into the garden, I run to the garden taking my camera with me and then take pictures. Hahaha.)
From the PAS Imaging Group at Manila Observatory, Quezon City
Observation and Astrophotography were hampered by the overcast sky. Group was able to take pictures only when the skies cleared at certain times.
From Victoria Evarretta, Tuguegarao City
It's not much fun without the PAS group, but a relative was also as interested in the event.
From a De La Salle Araneta guest student
Last June 6, 2012, we went to Manila Observatory at the Ateneo de Manila to see a very rare phenomenon: it is the “Venus Transit”. Venus Transit or Transit of Venus happens when the planet Venus passes directly between Sun and Earth. What is special about this phenomenon is that it occurs in a pattern that repeats with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gap of 105 years. Apparently, the last transit occurred last June 6 and the prior to that was last June 8, 2004. It is expected that the next appearance of Venus Transit will be on December 10–11, 2117, and in December 2125.
The planet Venus appeared to be very small and very dark. It actually looked like just one of the sunspots of the Sun and every minute the Venus moved around the face of the Sun. We are able to observe this by using telescopes. We are given so much chance to look on different telescopes that are settled up. Different telescope gave us different colors and perspectives with the on-going transit. Seeing the Venus Transit was one of the things that we enjoyed for staying there for almost 9 hours.
The whole experience was extremely fun, though it was from the morning until the afternoon which was very tiring. We also had a chance to have a small talk with Sir Edmond. From that short-time talk, we gained so much knowledge about the transit and other phenomena that are happening inside and outside the Earth. We are so much honored in meeting and talking with him. And of course, we are also thankful to the persons behind this event for giving us opportunity to witness this extraordinary event.
From Anthony Urbano at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
2nd contact 9:05 AM
9:31 AM 11:28 AM
12:34 PM 12:44 PM
The Venus Transit watchers at UP Diliman Ampitheater, Quezon City.
From Erika Valdueza at Riverside Park, New York City
I went to the Venus Transit viewing at Riverside Park in New York City organized by Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. I was supposed to watch a live webcast of the event from the Philippines, but I decided to take my chances despite the poor weather forecast in New York. God must have heard my plea of seeing this once-in-a-lifetime event. I observed and imaged the transit using a simple setup and at the same time shared the view with people from different countries...
Special thanks to my sister who accompanied me to this event. I won't make it without her help and support. Equipment: Celestron Travel Scope (70mm), Baader Solar Filter, Panasonic DMC-LX511111 1q
For more of Erika's Venus Transit album, please check this link:
From Paul Maley of NASA, USA
Am attaching a photo from our 2nd Transit of Venus expedition (also successful) to Darvaza, Turkmenistan. It appears to show the Black Drop effect. Based on this and comparison with other scopes at our site, I can say that the Black Drop is not 'real'. It appears to be instrumental in nature.
From Richard Taylor of Ontario, Canada
Upper left: Merivale High School Physics students with Richard Taylor and others.
From Azrael Coladillaat Bacoor, Cavite
I set my alarm at 5:30am last night, but I failed to wake up on time and I went out of bed at around 8am. I set up my Olympus E520 DSLR with 40-150mm telephoto lens and grabbed 4 sunglasses. I used my red sunglasses to protect my eyes and the other 3 sunglasses to act as filters. I took some shots but I got one good photo of the Sun behind a cloudy sky. It was hard to notice planet Venus as a black dot in front of the sun, as the news say, the Venus will just be a black pimple of the Sun.
I took some shots again at around 10am and I borrowed my wife's X-ray film to view the sun and it is just perfect. The best view is around 10am-12nn, because the sun will be in its highest position and also the hottest, there will be no clouds today. I noticed that the planet Venus moves from the left corner going upward, while in the US and other countries, the planet Venus moves from the right corner going to the left.
This is cute! My photos of the transit of Venus are featured on TV and also published online. I’m very happy that the photos I took was shared not only from my blog but also it crawled to mainstream media. I’ve been submitting photos online whenever there’s a global astronomical event and this will show to the other parts of the world what kind of sky view we have here in the Philippines. I’m a “suki” of contributing photos to GMA News and in Spaceweather.com, but the most awesome part here is being included in the top 10 photos of transit of Venus by Mashable.com. There are also lots of mainstream online media available on the net, but I forgot to submit my story and photos after being busy for my home based work. Thanks everyone for appreciating my coverage, hope to see another transit of Venus after 105 years.
SOME PHOTOS OF THE VENUS TRANSIT VIEWERS AT THE MANILA OBSERVATORY
Again, for more pictures during the June 6 viewing of the Venus Transit at the Manila Observatory roofdeck, please check links below.
photos by Lamer Morales
photos by Kashogi Astapan