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Photographer catches once-in-a-lifetime picture during Venus transit of the sun

June 11th, 2012 by Marc Comments

Last Tuesday was witness to a truly historic event, the Venus transit of the sun. But one photographer topped even that!

Astrophotographer Thierry Legault was caprturing images of the event when he managed to get NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in the frame as well!
Yahoo News explains: Venus crossed the sun’s face from Earth’s perspective on Tuesday (June 5), marking the last such Venus transit until December 2117. Astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured the rare event (above), and his shot shows Hubble accompanying the planet on its trek across the solar disk.
Legault (below) traveled to Australia to observe Venus’ nearly seven-hour transit. But he had to act fast to catch the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope as it zipped across the sun’s face in less than a second.
“I was in northeast Australia for the full transit of Venus and a transit of Hubble in the middle,” Legault told the website “My Nikon D4 digital camera was working at 10 fps on a Takahashi FSQ-106ED telescope to record nine images of HST during its 0.9s transit.”
Hubble is visible in Legault’s photo as a tiny black speck, while Venus appears as a much larger black disk slightly below the venerable telescope. A smattering of dark sunspots is also visible in the image.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….