Friday, June 15, 2012

Venus Transit

Per What is a transit of Venus? When Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun. Historically, this rare alignment is how we measured the size of our solar system. The view is like a front row seat to the transit method, by which we now find planets around distant stars. When is it? Observers in North America see Venus on June 5 around 6:04 p.m. EDT until sunset. The entire transit lasts over six hours. This will be the last transit of Venus to occur in your lifetime. Next chance: December 2117. So, if you know Phil you know he knew all about this well before hand and had purchased some viewing glasses where it gives you the reverse image. The glasses kinda looked like 3D glasses but allowed us to look at the sun. We took a picture through the glasses, so here is our view of the Venus transit:

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