The transit of Venus photographed from the New
Plymouth observatory, North Island, New Zealand.
As cold, cloudy scenes make murky some parts of New
Zealand, others are finding clear skies where the transit of Venus can be viewed
The planet began to pass in front of the sun at
10.15am today Wednesday 06 June and continues to 4.43pm.
It is a rare astronomical event and won't be seen
again until 2117.
In Wanaka, lanscape photographer Gilbert van Reenen
has described the event as "exhilarating".
"It was quite uplifting really, just seeing it move
across the surface of the sun.
"I called my wife and friends and they could see it
as well. There were a few yahoos."
Van Reenen said there were clear skies in Wanaka this
morning, but the clouds were now moving in.
"It's not going to last long. I can still see the
transit through the cloud, which is quite amazing."
Skies have been clear in Auckland allowing astronomy
researchers and the public to get a clear view of the transit.
Researchers from AUT set up a telescope in the
courtyard of the Stardome Observatory at One Tree Hill so the public could get a
glimpse of the solar event.
A camera was attached to the telescope so those
unable to head down to the observatory could access a live feed of the event
Researcher Tim Natusch said the live feed would be
replaced with one from Nasa, or other areas in the world that have a clear view
of the transit, if cloud became a problem.
Natusch said two more telescopes would also be set up
at the Auckland Domain this morning.
"We're hoping people will come along and get a good
view of Venus," he said.
Photographs of the transit of Venus vary incomposition depending on where and how they are taken.
In the Southern Hemisphere Venus appears to cross the
Sun starting from the bottom right.
In the Northern Hemisphere Venus appears to cross the
Sun starting from the top left.
Photographs taken through telescopes also reverse the
natural perspective of the transit.