My good friend DP has a grand passion for the stars, sun and moon. Often driving long distances and camping out for a few nights, just to glimpse into space.
His telescope is big … no, it’s HUGE! Trust me I’ve seen it!
He bought a new car … ahmen … a mini-van just to house his massive telescope on road trips!
Two days ago, the world was captivated by what was one of the most rare astronomical events of the century! Snap!
I knew DP would be outside, in all his astral glory, and I couldn’t wait to see the photographs he would send me. Cause you know, I get a fair share of stars and constellations delivered to my inbox, that’s just how us friends role from Ontario.
This morning my inbox held a wonderful surprise, two photos that DP had snapped of the rarest event this century!
I asked if I could use the photos on my blog because I think DP is pretty swell and he deserves a super shout out! Shout out! Miss you buddy!
I was given permission to use his photos with this line “of course you can use them. Do your thing. Take care. Gotta go to work.”
Without further ado.
DP’s Transit of Venus
Pretty cool, eh?
Are you looking for a more scientific explanation on the Transit of Venus? Don’t worry, I was too!
Click here for great article by The Globe and Mail, it explains it all!
I didn’t get a chance to catch this magnificent event as I was snoring soundly in bed. Maybe next time, eh! 😉
A special thank you to DP who allowed me full artist control over the photos! You’re the bomb!
*Photo’s taken at Municipal Beach, Ontario, Canada.
Did you witness the rarest event this century? I’d love to hear your tales.
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Sharon! Good to hear from you.
I’d love to come out to NOTL some time. But we should do it this summer. I think by fall, Saturn will only be up during the day, and it’s just about the coolest thing in the sky.
Hangin’ out with you & the family for an evening would be nice. Some adult bevs, and tunes. -David.
Great photos DP! I expect one of these days we’ll get you out here to look at the night sky from NOTL. Cheers! Sharon
How cool is that! Amazing images!
Pretty neat, eh? Wish I had the patience like DP.
Venus started it’s journey across the face of the sun about 7pm. Right when I arrived. The whole thing could have lasted about 6 or more hours, depending on where you live on planet Earth. But from my view in southern Ontario, the sun set about 2-1/2 hours after it began, so we were shortchanged of a full show here. Still, it was great just to say that a very small percentage of people have ever seen it live through a scope, and I was one of them.
Cliche, but it’s true. The pics really don’t do it justice.
I actually observed it through my large pair of astronomy binoculars, with a special filter for solar viewing. Binoculars use both eyes, and give it a more 3-D appearance.
My astronomy club actually hosted two locations for the event. One location we invited the public to come out and view the transit with us. Using our equipment. Not many people own telescopes capable of solar viewing.
The other location we were at was just for us club members & our families. We had a good time.
We invite the public out to look at the stars about once per month, but sometimes it’s just nice to look for yourself, rather than letting others have all the fun. So I chose to go to the member’s only location so I could get a chance to take some pics. Most of us were alternating between looking and shooting.
I would encourage any readers to look-up your local astronomy club, and go out with them sometime. If they have access to dark skies away from the city, you will like what you see. Most any city would have a club, and they usually like to share the experience with others. To see Saturn through a telescope is just about the coolest thing for me. Highly reccomended.
The size of the universe cannot be comprehended, it’s so vast. And I like to see what’s out there.
DP I heart you! When you coming to Sardinia? Thanks for this great info!
OH LOOKITY!!! There’s Venus!!!
Well! This is DP. Glad everyone seems to like it.
Astrophotography is a great hobby. The equipment I used for this pic was pretty crude, but seemed to do well enough.
Good to hear from you Jenny. I enjoy your pics too. -David.
Glad you came by and like what I’ve done. If you could tell us a little more about that special night it would be awesome! How many hours were you out on the beach? How long did it take to snap these photos?
Very interesting shots! Hope you are well, Jenn, I’ve been very remiss lately – just not enough hours in my days.
Best share of the week! I never would have seen it otherwise. Many thanks to all concerned. Here it goes on Twitter.
Thank you, Im sure DP would be pleased! And thanks for sending it to Twitter!
I didn’t get to see it, as it was overcast here in Kentucky. But, gosh, these images are AMAZING! I mean, truly STUNNING!
I saw it in Nevada! I still had my solar viewing glasses from the eclipse a couple of weeks ago so was able to use them to view this event too. Once in a lifetime event that I was not going to miss! These are great shots.
I wish I had gotten out of bed to witness it!
You would not have been able to see it at night…
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DP is great, I am so glad to share with us too dear Jennifer, I am going to reblog too now, Thank you so much, love, nia
Thank you for the reblog Nia! Im glad you enjoyed it!
DP is an awesome scientist and apparently well put together (wink)
LOL. I’m sure he’ll be around here sooner than later … 🙂 He’s a great guy and super smart.