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  1. stumblrr Nov 24, 2008
    19:26 pm
    #1

    Stumbled! awesome photo i was just checkin out venus last night in close conjunction to juipiter great time of the year lots going on in the sky!

  2. Hairgel_Addict Hairgel_Addict Nov 24, 2008
    19:34 pm
    #2

    thnx for stumblin’ ;)

  3. nick Nov 25, 2008
    23:11 pm
    #3

    PHOTOSHOPPED

  4. L.Debruxelles Nov 28, 2008
    00:38 am
    #4

    Yeah thats photoshopped my friends for sure, venus is much bigger and you can see the pixels

  5. J Dec 4, 2008
    23:03 pm
    #5

    Everyone’s so quick to call photoshopped! Nice photo, mate

  6. Doh! Dec 6, 2008
    07:36 am
    #6

    Of course you can see thee pixels. You’re looking at a friggin’ computer monitor! They’re all pixels…

  7. Jafo Dec 10, 2008
    07:53 am
    #7

    When a body passes in front of the sun, all we see is a black disk. We’re not likely to see the planet as a sphere as it’s depicted in the picture. That’s why I think it’s photshopped.

  8. Ken Jenkins Dec 11, 2008
    22:08 pm
    #8

    Transits of Venus are very rare occurring every 121.5 or 105.5 years. When they happen they happen in a pair (each transit of the pair separated by eight years). The last transit (being the first transit in the most recent pair) was June 8, 2004 with the other transit to occur June 6, 2012 (so mark your calendar!!). The previous transits pair occurred in 1874 and 1882, the next pair will occur 2117 and 2125.
    The link below is from 2004 and is what you would actually see with no image modification but with proper filtering.
    Obligatory warning here: THE SUN SHOULD NEVER BE OBSERVED DIRECTLY. AN APPROPRIATE UV FILTER MUST BE USED OR PERMANENT EYE DAMAGE COULD OCCUR
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Venustransit_2004-06-08_07-49.jpg

  9. Sting & The Police Dec 12, 2008
    01:13 am
    #9

    Theres a little black spot on the sun todayyyyy, it’s the same old thing as yesterdayyyy……..

  10. Tasker Dec 12, 2008
    06:43 am
    #10

    People are so quick to shout photoshop when they see something they dont see everyday. Maybe you are also experts of astronomy too? Occasions like this do happen you know, and someone was there to capture it on film. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    Great photo by the way.

  11. Eracki Dec 13, 2008
    03:55 am
    #11

    Stumblin’, kick ass photo.

  12. Joe Dec 13, 2008
    20:32 pm
    #12

    Judging by the planet’s size in proportion to the Sun and the cloud formations, either Venus has gotten a hell of a lot bigger, or a hell of a lot closer! Or a combination of both! If it were night time, it would surely be one hell of a bright ass star(planet) in the night sky! Anyway, enough of the “hell of a” ‘s. Cool pic, nonetheless. Even if it has been photo-”manipulated”.

  13. Mike Dec 14, 2008
    17:41 pm
    #13

    I watched Venus transit the sun, and this looks just like it, though it’s either the end of the transit or the photo has been mirrored.

  14. Bazm Dec 19, 2008
    05:45 am
    #14

    Why is it so cloudy?

  15. ken Jan 3, 2009
    13:22 pm
    #15

    humpty dumpty sat on a wall blah blah blah

  16. Pete Feb 7, 2009
    06:33 am
    #16

    we have a lot of experts here. The significance of the set of these photos is that one of them shows a mercury and venus transit due to occur 100,000 years from now. and yes the size is exactly right

  17. stacey Feb 9, 2009
    01:42 am
    #17

    god some people are so fucking retarded. it’s not photoshopped, it’s a photo of another planet passing in front of the sun, which (believe it or not, people) actually DOES happen! Yes, shockhorror, these things happen.

  18. Klondike5 Mar 20, 2009
    01:26 am
    #18

    It never ceases to amaze me how gullible people are when the encounter the old ‘shopped meme.

    It’s an obvious shop.. look at the pixels.

  19. BW May 3, 2009
    23:12 pm
    #19

    “look at the pixels”…obvious shit to say to defend your weak “photoshop” claim. SHUT UP! It’s a great pic

    p.s. Jafo, it IS a black disk, you moron.

  20. abigail May 7, 2009
    05:22 am
    #20

    i was stumbling when i happened upon this and, i must say, that this is realllllly cool.
    i am most certainly not an expert on this kind of thing so i’m not going to shout accusations about whether or not this was photoshopped.
    in my opinion, it’s a really cool picture and definitely not something i see everyday, so great job :D

  21. Marossity May 14, 2009
    12:35 pm
    #21

    I am an expert…
    The planet Venus is a real photo but the sun was added later to make it appear as if the planet Venus was truly in front of the sun, or to put it another way, the sun was in back of Venus.
    Now I hope this clears up any confusion.
    What?
    It didn’t clear up shit?
    Hmmm… I am so sorry.

  22. Jasson Jun 8, 2009
    00:49 am
    #22

    for fuck’s sake, seriously? IN BACK OF VENUS?!?!?! all i read is the last comment–someone who says they’re an expert–and whether jokingly or not, they still say something completely stupid! by the way, the correct way to say it is ‘behind venus’, in case you retards still have no idea what i’m talking about. just BEHIND. one word. fuck.

  23. Jasson Jun 8, 2009
    00:50 am
    #23

    by the way, even if it is photoshopped, it’s still venus passing in front of the fucking sun if they say it is! it’s ART, fucktards!

  24. Lookfar Jun 12, 2009
    19:39 pm
    #24

    At least one of the experts here seems to think Venus is further away than the sun, and couldn’t possibly get between earth and sun. That to me sums up any serious debate on the internet.

  25. Karolis Aug 12, 2009
    03:47 am
    #25

    [quote comment="31472"]At least one of the experts here seems to think Venus is further away than the sun, and couldn’t possibly get between earth and sun. That to me sums up any serious debate on the internet.[/quote]
    Venus orbit is between Sun and Earth… ofcource if we wont count Mercury.

  26. jim Oct 6, 2009
    18:03 pm
    #26

    sigh. And people wonder why some say we’re doomed as a race.

    Excuse me. I’m going to go find a place where I can sob uncontrollably.

    “Obscenity is the last refuge of the average motherfucker.”

    — anonymous

  27. ohmy Oct 31, 2009
    02:46 am
    #27

    You do realise that you’re on the internet, people-who-are-flaming-the-meme-spammers?

    And yes, I’m also an expert, MSc in astronomy I’ll have you know, and it has been ‘shoped I can tell from the pixels and having seen a few in my time.

  28. Drago Nov 4, 2009
    18:35 pm
    #28

    That is a perfectly reasonable picture. The scale, image, brightness etc… are all within expected boundaries. And no you don’t see a “black disk” when something of that size and distance passes in front of the sun you moron. If that were the case the sun would be polka-dotted with all the stellar bodies that get between us and the sun. For the same reason you see a light bulb even though it’s covered in dust – the dust is not transparent, it’s just so small the the light bends around it easily. Also the same reason we see stars “twinkle” as millions of asteroids pass between us and them. And yes there are pixels, but not any more than the pixels at the edge of the sun or in the clouds. No reason to believe it’s altered.

  29. GunSgt1863 Mar 1, 2010
    13:11 pm
    #29

    Stumbled on. Cool pic (real or fake). Drago, the stars “twinkle” because of atmospheric disturbance, not “as millions of asteroids pass between us and them”. That’s why the Hubble takes such clear pictures (there is almost no “atmosphere”, i.e. gasses in orbit to distort the images).
    Also, refer to Quote #8 by Ken Jenkins to see a real picture of Venus transiting the Sun.

  30. Drago Mar 1, 2010
    14:47 pm
    #30

    Be careful what you source. Perhaps atmospheric refraction causes minor shifts in light intensity and even visible wavelength, but personally I’ve never noticed a star change color. The brilliant flash that stars occasionally reveal is not, however due to any atmosphere. It is a phenomenon known as “microlensing”, and has been being studied since the 90′s. Here’s one possible source. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1134/is_6_113/ai_n6249026/
    The only citation I could find regarding atmospheric interference was published on an “ask an astronomer” site in over a decade ago. Also try http://www.wbabin.net/mathis/mathis24.pdf for another peer-reviewed source. Keep up with the science.

  31. Drago Mar 1, 2010
    14:51 pm
    #31

    BTW – the reason the Hubble takes such clear images? It takes stills.

  32. GOD. May 12, 2010
    20:56 pm
    #32

    It’s photoshopped: in order for the Sun to be that large behind the object the photo would have to have been taken from space. also, you can clearly see clouds in the picture. and there are no clouds in space. plus the ‘planet’ would have appeared completely blacked out, a bit like when you can’t see someone shining a torch at you if it’s completely dark.

  33. Quad Mire Nov 10, 2010
    06:43 am
    #33

    That’s not photoshopped you MORON that’s a force field. Damn!

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