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Transit of Venus 2012

The Transit of Venus is a rare event that happened last in 2004 and, after today, won't happen again until 2117. Thankfully today's transit was visible from Chicago, on a cloudless day, and I had a great setup to be able to capture it right at sunset.

To top it all off, the flight path of O'Hare International Airport passes between the roof deck of our apartment building and the sunset at this time of year. Plenty of people will have photos of Venus crossing the sun, but I was lucky enough to get a few that included landing planes -- and here are the best two. Enjoy!

Captured with a Nikon D800 (1.5x 18MP DX crop) + Nikon 300mm f/2.8 lens + Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter -- total effective focal length: 900mm

UPDATE: The second photo has been picked up by a couple of my favorite blogs (Wired Science | PetaPixel)! :]

If you found this post through a news link and are interested in a license to publish one of these images or would like to know if/when I make prints available for sale, please email me.

UPDATE 2: Here are some close-ups!


  1. AncienTrails says:

    […] of our readers, Austin Kurtz, has sent a great photo of the transit taken from Chicago. The flight path of O’Hare International Airport was between Kurtz and the […]

  2. Puttaraju says:

    Excellent snap…
    Thx for sharing.

    It got mentioned in WiredScience as well :)

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