Venus and the Sun sightings captured from La Jolla on Tuesday, June 5

This shot (Venus black dot bottom right) was taken by local photographer Greg Wiest,
This shot (Venus black dot bottom right) was taken by local photographer Greg Wiest,

Hobbiest astronomer Matt Mofidi of La Jolla set up a telescope at Scripps Park most of the day on Tuesday, June 5 to watch Venus in transit across the sun -- the next shot at seeing this is December 2117.

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This shot (Venus black dot bottom right) was taken by local photographer Greg Wiest,

He welcomed visitors and residents to take a peek at the celestral phenom 'til sunset. His  telescope was heavily filtered, he assured viewers, to protect their eyes from any sun damage.

The entire transit lasted more than six hours.

When Venus passes directly between Earth and the Sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the Sun.  Historically, this rare alignment is how we measured the size of our solar system.  The view is like a front row seat to the transit method, by which we now find planets around distant stars. —Susan DeMaggio

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Matt Mofidi (right) explains to a beach-goer why his telescope is aimed at the sun, June 5.
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The view from Mofidi's lens about 6 p.m.
   
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