The Abrams Planetarium 2012 Transit of Venus Page

The Abrams Planetarium 2012 Transit of Venus Page

2012 Abrams Planetarium

June 5th 2012
6:03 pm to sunset at 9:13 am EDT
Michigan State University
East Lansing Michigan

The Sun, during the transit of Venus, was up for about 3 hours in East Lansing. Clouds blocked the view for the first hour. The sky cleared for the last two hours before the Sun set around mid transit. We missed the first and second contact due to the clouds.


The Transit of Venus projected into a box.
Photo by John French


The Transit of Venus projected into a box.
Photo by John French


The Transit of Venus rear projected into a funnel with a C5 Telescope.
Photo by John French


Shot with a camera hand held on 26x zoom with eclipse glasses over lens.
Photo by Brian Wolff


Shot with a camera hand held on 26x zoom with #14 welding glass over lens.
Photo by Brian Wolff


Large crowd waiting for the clouds to clear.
Photo by John French


Large crowd waiting for the clouds to clear.
Photo by John French


Clouds over Lansing and East Lansing.
Photo by John French


Chris Richardson and Carolyn Peruta viewing the transit on a Sunspotter.
Photo by John French


Transit of Venus on the Sunspotter.
Photo by John French


Mary Gowans showing the transit with her very nice old Unitron refractor.
Photo by John French


The Sun and Venus on the screen of Mary Gowans' telescope.
Photo by John French


Someone using a smartphone to photograph the transit on the nice old Unitron refractor.
Photo by John French


Chuck Taricska using a mylar solar filter on his telescope.
Photo by Mike Rodgers


Gene Parker using a Coronado PST telescope.
Photo by Mike Rodgers


The Sun and Venus on the screen of Mary Gowans' telescope.
Photo by Mike Rodgers


Chuck Taricska with a big projection of the transit of Venus.


A 22° solar halo. At this point in the evening, we would have rather seen the transit of Venus.
Photo by John French


A sundog 22° from the Sun.
Photo by John French


Some guy looking at the transit with eclipse glasses.
Photo by Elizabeth Straley


Abrams Planetarium
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, 48824