Posted June 6, 2012 09:38 am - Updated June 6, 2012 04:18 pm
Photos: ‘Tiny black dot on the sun’
Venus, seen through Ben Hanson’s 8-inch Celestron Schmitt telescope, passes at top. Numerous disturbances on the sun’s surface called sunspots were also visible to observers and can be seen below Venus.
Kenai Peninsula College astronomy professor Andy Veh, at far right, uses a telescope he set up in the park to help people view the event. Ben Hanson, Roman Schilling and Geunchang You were also on hand to help folks spot the “tiny black dot on the sun.”
Megan Whittom and Emma Lawson use special glasses during a visit to Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna to look at Venus as it passed in front of the sun Tuesday afternoon. The transit took about 7 hours and won’t happen again for another 105 years.