A transit of Venus is so rare that one person can only observe it for a maximum of 2 times in his or her lifetime. It occurs when the Sun, the planet Venus, and the Earth are in perfect alignment with each other. As viewed from the Earth, Venus appears as a black dot moving across the disc of the Sun.

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Venus Transit 2012 Timing and Imaging Group (UP Astronomical Society); from left: Anthony Urbano, Ezekiel Rodriguez, Beb Jansen Poricallan, Carlo Ray Selabao, Criselda Roque.

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Second Contact occurred at around 6:30 am, timed using a Canon PowerShot S3IS digital camera (running CHDK), mounted afocally on a 70 mm refractor. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano, Ezekiel Rodriguez, Beb Jansen Poricallan, Carlo Ray Selabao, Criselda Roque.

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A transit of Venus is so rare that one person can only observe it for a maximum of 2 times in his or her lifetime. It occurs when the Sun, the planet Venus, and the Earth are in perfect alignment with each other. As viewed from the Earth, Venus appears as a black dot moving across the disc of the Sun. This image was taken with a Sky-Watcher 4 in f/9 refractor, Baader 5.0 ND solar filter, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

People hop from one telescope to another to enjoy the view of the transit Photo Credit: Gaye Fritz Albert Ofilas

My imaging setup: Sky-Watcher Equinox 100 ED-APO, Baader 5.0 filter, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR

First glimpse of the Sun while waiting for the first contact.

Organizers pose for a group shot. Photo Credit: Angelie Alagao

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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