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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Transit of Venus

The orbit of Venus takes it between the earth and the sun today.  I wanted to see it at school where the science teacher had a viewing station set up with telescopes, binoculars, and cool filter "glasses".

But, at that time, the clouds blocked the sun.  Typical NW springish day.

The teacher let me borrow the filter, and when I got home I was able to use it.  Very cool indeed.  Venus looked like a little thumb tack on a round orange bulletin board.  It was in the top right part of the sun, and as the afternoon and evening progressed, it moved down to the lower right hand part.  I tried to take a picture through the filter, but you can't see Venus.

I even tried to use my zoom, but it didn't quite work.  I guess you need more than a point-and-shoot Canon...

This event won't happen again for 105 years.  I'm glad I got to see it now, and I think I'm going to buy some of those eclipse viewers.  They are about $1.00 each, so I might stock up and use them as presents for my science geek friends!  

1 comment:

  1. We are very lucky to see this Venus on the sun. Because we wont get another 105years to see this miracle again.