National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Transit of Venus Images Taken by NAOJ

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Okayama Astrophysical Observatory 65 cm Coudé Solar Telescope

Flash Report : All process of Transit of Venus taken by Okayama Astrophysical Observatory

This motion picture is created by taking every 30 seconds the sun images that were projected to the sun projection plate by 65 cm Coudé Solar Telescope in Okayama Astrophysical Observatory.


  • The taken image is upside down because it was the image projected to the plate.
  • The image of the sun rotates counterclockwise.
  • Roughly direction of the sun
    • At the beginning : the upper left was east of the sun, and lower left was north of the sun.
    • At the end : the upper left was east of the sun, and lower left was north of the sun.

Flash Report : Transit of Venus The beginning of internal ingress

Transit of Venus Observed from “HINODE”

Image observed from “HINODE”
The Venus before second contact and Calcium (chromosphere)
observed by Optical / magnetic telescope : Page to detail information (Japanese)

Transit of Venus Observed with Radio Wave

Image Observed with Radio Wave
Credit : NAOJ

Current image of the Venus transits observed with 17GHz (microwave)
The black dot of upper side of image is the shadow of the Venus.The time is shown in UT (-9 hours in JST). : Page to detail information (Japanese)

Flash Report Image

Flash Report Image
[Flash Report 1] Shooting Date : June 6, 2012, 9:58:23 (JST)
Telescope : Vixen NA140SSf (D = 140 mm, f = 800 mm), Used AstroSolar Filter,
Camera : NIKON D7000 (ISO-100), Exposure time : 1/200 second,
Mount : Vixen new ATLUX equatorial mounting
Shooting location : Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory
Taken by : Hidekazu Hanayama, Yoshikazu Kuroshima, Image processing : Hideo Fukushima