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June 7, 2004

The Centre of the Universe hosted presentations and multimedia shows on the evening of June 7, 2004 to present the Transit of Venus to the public and our members. The CU also had a live feed from the Rome Observatory, as well as a live voice connection to an Irish astronomer who was observing the Transit from the Paris observatory as we spoke to him. Although this event was visible only from Europe, Africa and Eastern Canada, the Centre of the Universe offered everyone a chance to experience this rare event as a group through their live feeds.


bulletVideo from NASA (2.7Mb mpeg)
bulletSmaller video (522k avi)

Image Galleries & Information

bullet The 2004 Transit of Venus an image gallery on spaceweather.com
bulletVenus Transit 2004 - lots of information about the transit from the European Southern Observatory
bullet Transit of Venus - information about the transit from RASC

Calculating Distances With Parallax - for additional information about the scientific principles behind this important historical basis for past observations of the Transit of Venus, please contact Margaret Milne at the Centre of the Universe or browse this website.

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A Gallery of Images

Gathered from websites around the world

Dennis van Schelven - the Netherlands - 302kb
Transit from beginning to end
Dennis van Schelven
(The Netherlands) [Text]

Double Transit - both the International Space Station and Venus transit the Sun! More information about this unique photo is available at this webpage by the author (with a video) and the sheet with predictions issued before the event.

Another double transit - aircraft and Venus

black drop effect

Dutch Open Telescope (DOT) Group (La Palma, Spain)

Ring of light
Ralf Vandebergh (The Netherlands) [Text]

Cees Bassa (The Netherlands) [Text]

Transit image taken through Hydrogen-alpha filter

Dutch Open Telescope (DOT) Group (La Palma, Spain) [Text]

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Venus Transit 2004 - huge collection of transit images - sponsored by the European Southern Observatory

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