Posts from June 5th, 2012

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Transit of Venus

Today, something marvelous happened. A tiny speck passed in front of the sun. It was Venus.

What’s so special about that? Didn’t that just happen like eight years ago? Well, yes, it did happen back in 2004. But it won’t happen again until the year 2117.

Venus Transit

Venus Transit

So this was a last-chance-in-a-lifetime event for many people (most likely including me). I was at work for most of the transit, but I was able to watch a live feed of it over at
http://sunearthday.gsfc.nasa.gov/transitofvenus/

Also, it was pretty cloudy for most of the day, and though it did clear up at the end I never bothered to make a pinhole camera or anything like that. I don’t like being out in direct sunlight too much, even if it is dimmed by 0.1% because a speck is in front of it.

I hope everyone got to experience it to some degree, whether live-streaming it or in person. It’s SCIENCE. Read more about it.

Categories: Science.