In many parts of the United States, clouds interfered with the historic transit of Venus. But for some patient skywatchers, there were enough gaps to capture this rare event. That’s a good thing, because the next transit won’t occur for 105 years.
Around Washington, D.C., the breaks in the clouds were few and far between. But for those able to catch a glimpse, the clouds provided a dramatic surrounding, the gray and black clouds offering stunning contrast against the luminous sun.
Here’s a collection of images of the transit submitted by Capital Weather Gang followers on Facebook and Twitter. Allow a few moments to load...
Just before transit
Time lapse of transit
All photos and the above video in this section courtesy NASA
U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) images
A sneak peek of the transit
The crowd at the USNO
The 5-inch Alvan Clark Transit of Venus Telescope. USNO public affairs officer Geoff Chester believes this is the only instrument to have observed 4 of the 7 transits recorded by humans.
NASA Goddard Venus Transit pool (public submissions)