Venus Transit, Foxhunter’s Grave, Welsh Highlands
Sam Cornwell of the UK took the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer with this amazing shot of Venus transiting the sun. Here's how he described the image: "I am a complete amateur with regard to astrophotography. I saw the Venus transit of 2012 as a great opportunity to attempt to photograph one of the rarer spectacles of the solar system. I took a group of friends and my camera equipment to the highest ground I knew locally, Foxhunter's Grave in the Brecon Beacons.
"We arrived at about 2 a.m. to set up. It was cold, raining, windy, and cloudy. Within a couple of hours, the area had filled up with 'real astronomers' who knew what they were doing. I felt like such a novice but got stuck right in, with my lens trained on the horizon where the sun would be appearing. It was truly one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen."
September 24, 2013 7:59 AM PDT
Photo by: Sam Cornwell
| Caption by: Tim Hornyak
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