University of Minnesota Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium

Pictures from the Venus Transit Party on June 5th, 2012. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate the transit with us.

Pictures by Steve Bockhold.

Pictures and video of Venus transitting (passing in front of) the sun. Venus is the round black dot in the upper-right part of the sun. The other dark spots on the sun are sunspots.

Visitors catching glimpses of the transit through telesopes provided by the Arrowhead Astronomical Society. Visitors also watched the transit through solar filter glasses provided by the planetarium.

Planetarium Director, Howard Mooers, explaining the significance of the Venus transit to visitors. Eric Norland of the Arrowhead Astronomical Society projects the sun onto a piece of vellum for easy viewing.