Venus Transit… from cloudy Cambridge

The recent transit of Venus across the Sun marked the last chance any of us will have to witness such a rare crossing event. Very sadly, I was only able to do this virtually via the NASA live webcast and the Astronomy Picture of the Day site, which refreshed its solar image every 15min during the transit, courtesy of data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Incidentally, the APOD site today published a remarkably detailed image of the transit:

In Cambridge, we’ve been experiencing distinctly un-June-like weather for the past week and half, and at 4am when the UK had the chance to catch the tail-end of the transit as the sun rose, we continued to have cloud.

However, clouds do not apparently mean all is lost. One of my favorite photographs to emerge from the 5th/6th of June was actually taken not far away, in Oxford.

I think the heavy clouds in the photo add a great deal of drama to an already magical event. Kudos to Dr. Andrew Steele for the picture!