| Dutch Open Telescope |
June 8, 2004, 11:09 UT
Canary Island, Spain
| Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope |
June 8, 2004, 11:15 UT
Canary Island, Spain
| H alpha full disc image |
June 8, 2004, 11:03 UT
| Last Comment (June 8, 11:31 UT) : Fourth contact has happened - the transit is over! As Jeremiah Horrocks (1618-1641), the first observer of a Venus Transit, we can say "I then beheld a most agreeable spectacle, the object of my sanguine wishes, a spot of unusual magnitude and of perfectly circular shape". |
And we can appreciate the small poem he wrote after witnessing this marvellous event:
Oh! then farewell, thou beauteous queen! Thy sway may soften natures yet untamed, Whose breasts, bereft of the native fury, Then shall learn the milder virtues. We, with anxious mind, follow thy latest footsteps here, And far as thought can carry us; My labours now bedeck the monument for future times Which thou at parting left us. Thy return Posterity shall witness; years must roll away, But then at length the splendid sight Again shall greet our distant children's eyes. Jeremiah Horrocks (1618-1641)
More timings are now coming in from the observers. Look at the results - surely this incredible agreement is a lucky coincidence (the dispersion is 2.5 million km).
On the picture in the middle from the Swedish Solar Telescope (Tenerife), there is a faint arc stretching upwards from the right edge of Venus' disc. This is very likely a refraction effect in Venus' atmosphere which is being illuminated from behind.
Venus, all unconscious of the honour of millions of people watching her, and the hard work put here in the VT-2004 "Control Center", moves onward to last contact. Will we be able, as Lomonosov did in 1761, to see the faint, luminous ring around Venus, i.e. its atmosphere? Four videos from the AGAPE group at ESO are now available - the entry of Venus onto the solar disc, the first part of the passage across the disc, the second part of the passage across the disc and the exit of Venus from the solar disc.
If you missed the beginning of the Venus transit, you may access all previous versions of this Central Display page in the Archive.
During the past 24 hours, the VT-2004 website has distributed 1.0 Terabyte; just now, there are about 1200 hits and 400 Mb are sent per second.