On 5 June 2012, Venus transited across the face of the Sun. This occurs when Venus passes directly between the Earth and the Sun and so appears as a dark spot on the Sun. This is a relatively rare event that occurs only four times every 243 years. The next such event will take place in December 2117. In this picture several prominent Sunspots can be seen near the center of the Sun.
More information about the Transit of Venus can be found at Wikipedia Venus Transit.
More information about the Sun can be found at Wikipedia Sun.
This image is a 1/100s exposure at ISO 2500 with a Nikon D90 through a William Optics FLT110 4.3" f/7 refractor with a solar filter taken on 5 June 2012 at approximately 1736 EDT / 2136 UTC.
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