Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Missing the transit

kw: astronomy, planets

Wouldn't you know it. I alerted friends via e-mail and FaceBook to yesterday's transit of Venus. The Sun was out here until just about ten minutes before it started, then it clouded up. Over the next several hours, I got a few calls from people all around the country telling me they were watching it in various ways (welding lenses, projection through binoculars, whatever). By then it was raining. I saw nothing. Bummer!

The next transit of Venus will be Dec 11, 2117. If I can hang on until I am 170 years old, perhaps I'll get a chance to see that one.

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