This video shows about 4 slide shows combined into one from the recent astronomical events that happened between the time period of May 20, 2012 - June 5, 2012. All included: Annular solar eclipse, partial lunar eclipse, and the very rare Venus transit! Lastly, it shows photos of me observing the Venus transit with binoculars and the like.
In the 1st slide show: Shows photos of the sequence of the rare, annular solar eclipse event, viewed from Yuba City, CA at Happy Park. I was with my cousin Gretchen and friend Loraine at the time. It occurred on Sunday, May 20, 2012, from about 5:15 p.m. and lasted until 7:40 p.m. or so, with the maximum, annular totality occurring around 6:30 p.m.
Then on the 2nd slide show shows the early morning partial lunar eclipse, viewed from at home in San Jose, CA on Monday, June 4, 2012. This lunar eclipse stands out this year since it occurred just about a week after the annular solar eclipse and just a day or so prior to the rare Venus transit which happened the very next day! This partial lunar eclipse began at around 1:48 a.m. and ended at around 6:18 a.m. with the maximum eclipse occurring around 4:03 a.m. in which the moon was 37% eclipsed by the earth's shadow.
3rd, it shows a slideshow of this extraordinarily rare Venus transit which occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 5, 2012, viewed from San Jose, CA/Fowler Creek Park. The photos were taken during around sunset with my camcorder at full zoom so the quality isn't as great as I expected. The first few photos appeared greenish yellow since I was filtering it with my modified, tinted welder's lens. Then the photos transitioned to the normal sunset color without the filter. The sunset was now photo-able without any filters. It was a lovely sight and some high cloud cover added a good mood.
Then lastly, it shows photos of me observing the transit by using the binocular method. Thanks to my cousin Gretchen, she assisted me so I was able to capture a lot of photos of this once in a lifetime event with ease. Thanks cousin!!
Amazingly, this rare alignment is historically how we measured the size of our solar system.
I also added my own opinion about why suddenly all of these astronomical events are happening. It's just very interesting! Hope you enjoyed the video/slide shows!
[Filmed in Yuba City and San Jose, CA on May-June 2012 with my Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera])