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Venus occulted

Submitter: Albert van Duin
Description: On December 1, 2008, a very rare occultation of Venus (by the Moon) took place. Usually such an occultation happens during the day because Venus is always quite close to the Sun. But this time, Venus was almost at it's largest elongation, so the event was visible when the Sun was well below the horizon. The last time this occurred in this country was on September 25, 1924!

As usual, the weather was not cooperating, but a few seconds before the occultation there was a small hole in the clouds that made it possible for me to take a few images. Unfortunately there was no time to adjust the exposure so the Moon is a bit overexposed.
The scene looks somewhat like the image on the Turkish flag. Image made with a Canon 40D and 70-200mm zoomlens, 800 ISO, 200mm, and 1/30s at F/2.8.
Copyright: Albert van Duin
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