The Venus Transit of 2012. Next time this happens is in 105 1/2 years so I sure didn't want to miss it! Living in New England means it's cloudy a lot, and the week of the Transit was forecast to be cloudy and rainy. So I traveled with a good friend and fellow rabid astrophotographer to upstate New York to the shore of Lake Ontario north of Wolcott, NY. We met a friend who led us to a fantastic location with 180° views of the lake, a perfect view to the northwest where the Sun would be setting and perfect blue clear skies!
The first 5 pictures are of the Sun with Venus at various stages of transit between 1st contact until just after 2nd contact.
© Gardner D. Gerry