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rouquinne 05-31-2012 09:03 AM

The Transit of Venus
this VERY rare atronomical event is taking place next week!

Transit of Venus .org (5)

Fifi.G 05-31-2012 09:32 AM

Thanks for the heads up, Rou! :)pun intended:) I had not heard about this.

rouquinne 06-05-2012 05:44 AM

it's today!!!!

i hope the clouds stay away so i can actually see it instead of watching it on the computer or tv!


rouquinne 06-05-2012 05:51 AM

if the weather doesn't cooperate for you:

Transit of Venus, Sun-Earth Day 2012

Fifi.G 06-05-2012 02:59 PM

^ ooh!! Thank you for the link.

rouquinne 06-05-2012 04:24 PM

we've cleared up a bit here, but there's still a lot of cloud. i'm wondering if it's worth it to take a run up to the observatory at the university...

Fifi.G 06-05-2012 05:03 PM

If I were you, I would!! That sounds like a prime location.

roseannadana 06-05-2012 06:17 PM

Raining :(

curlysue21 06-05-2012 06:23 PM

A stupid facebook friend's status today: "I look up at the sun to see Venus crossing and went blind. What a crock!" The worst part was that a friend commented back that she did it too. Oh the humanity.

Thanks for the link though. Very cool! I don't think it would be visible at my place today. Too many clouds.

rouquinne 06-05-2012 06:34 PM

okay, it was 40 minutes on the bus and only 15 minutes at the university, but it was cooler than watching on tv and on the web, that`s for sure! it cleared up completely, which is when i decided to go.

in the observatory, they used the big telescope to project the image on the wall. out in a field across the street, they had eclipse-viewing glasses you could borrow to watch and other smaller telescopes with special filters set up so you could see. there were a LOT of people there with their kids, so you didn`t get much time... but it was still neat.

if you get the NASA television channel, they are showing coverage. the darn thing is going slowly, so you can`t really see it move, and they have a lot of talking heads discussing the astronomy of the whole thing, but they will be showing the feed from Mauna Kea in Hawaii, so you still have time.

it`s funny to see people on tv and you know they`re in Hawaii and they`re wearing parkas, hats and mitts. i had no idea Mauna Kea was that tall.


divegirl 06-05-2012 06:52 PM

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We went out to the water to see it. It was a bit cloudy but we got some good views of the transit!

Fifi.G 06-05-2012 07:39 PM

^ Great pic!

Rou, I'm so glad you went!! I did get to watch a little of the live feed, and enjoyed it. I was singing Bjork's Venus as a Boy the whole time.

wanderlust 06-05-2012 07:45 PM

I went to a local college to see it and it was amazing! There were ALOT of people and I waited in line for more than an hour, but it was well worth the wait!
I became fascinated with astronomy at an early age, so this sort of thing satisfies the astronomer wannabe in me. :mrgreen:

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