On June 5, my wife, Donna, and I watched Venus sail across the Sun’s face from Volcano, Hawaii. From beginning to end, the nearly seven-hour event thrilled us with a series of remarkable phenomena. Earth’s atmosphere caused most of the effects, but Venus’ atmosphere created one, and another occurred in our minds. We observed them all at 100x through a 3-inch f/7 Tele Vue refractor with a full-aperture Astrozap Baader AstroSolar Filter. Astronomy magazine subscribers can read the full column for free. Just make sure you're registered with the website.