Once in a Lifetime Event

Transit of Venus on June 5, 2012 from St. Catharines, Ontario with Orion Skyquest 4.5 telescope
Venus makes its way across the disc of the Sun - June 5, 2012

Venus begins to pass in front of the Sun
Despite the weather forecast, we had clear skies for the transit of Venus in St. Catharines!  I set up my home made Solar Scope to view and photograph the event.  It was an unforgettable experience as I saw Venus slowly begin to creep in front of the sun.  I sent my photos to a number of news outlets including CHCH news, The St. Catharines Standard and the Weather Network.  I didn't hear back from anyone, but my photo on the weather network was viewed by over 7000 people! For a detailed explanation of this rare astronomical event, check out the wikipedia page.

My homemade solar filter, an example of immaculate craftmanship.