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Old Jun 6, 2012, 2:08 AM   #1
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Default Transit of Venus across the Sun

This shot was taken with my Nikon D7000 w/ Tamron 200-500mm telephoto lens at the long end.

Venus is about 26 million miles from earth in this shot, as near as it will ever get. It is about 67,000,000 miles from the Sun.

The other smaller dots are sunspots. Magnetic storms on the surface. Although they look dark, each one is 20 times brighter than the full moon. They only look dark because they are relatively cooler than the surrounding surface.

Cheers,
Steve

EXIF Summary: 1/500s f/6.3 ISO100 500mm (35mm eq:750mm)
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