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2012 Transit of Venus

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I've posted a pic, taken the same way I took the eclipse pic a couple weeks ago, taken about a half hour after the transit started:

http://flic.kr/p/cbUcXG

d.m.f.
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Added: 6 years, 6 months ago
 
LupineAssassin
6 years, 6 months ago
Amazing!!
dmfalk
6 years, 6 months ago
At least I lived to see it in my lifetime. :)

Amy would be doing the same thing in her world-- She has the same fascination with space as I do. :)

Although she inherited a small ranch, which I don't have, she built a small observatory on a hill not far from her house.

d.m.f.
LupineAssassin
6 years, 6 months ago
*hug*
DataPacRat
6 years, 6 months ago
dmfalk
6 years, 6 months ago
:)

d.m.f.
Shokuji
6 years, 6 months ago
Neat! =3
dmfalk
6 years, 6 months ago
As I type this, the transit is just finishing up....and the Sun set a half hour ago! 6.5 hours to cross the Sun, and from my locale, not even through the middle! It was going so sloooooooooowwwww.......... As I said, the pic I took was only a half hour into it, and it was only just in a bit, not too far in its journey....

But damn, I had a good, clear view of Venus' and the Sun's spheres, until the haze & high cirrus clouds started getting in the way about 3 hours into it...

It was fun. :)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
6 years, 6 months ago
Nice shot. :D

Alas, I missed it, and not just because I forgot about it.  Too many clouds running rampant today, else I might have drug out a telescope and hoped hilarity didn't ensure as I tried projecting the Sun onto some paper as you did.
dmfalk
6 years, 6 months ago
I got lucky-- Knowing Eureka's weather, I fully expected the coastal fog to come in and obliterate any chance of seeing the transit! Instead, it was perfectly clear, warm, and a light breeze- Made holding the paper a little tricky, but it still worked. :) I really was fully expecting to miss the event!

Now, what have I to look forward to? A total solar eclipse in 2017.

Who would've thought that before Shoemaker-Levy 9 20 years ago, about people being connected at near-real-time to observe events like this, though? Weather bad? Someone online has live updated photos or video, so you don't miss a thing! :)

I was lucky that the weather cooperated enough to see two rare solar events, but I could've watched the transit from Mauna Kea, as a friend of mine down in Orange County saw by way of the Internet, or watched the latest pictures from the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite.... But I was there, telescope & paper in hand. :)

But who knows? Maybe the Betelgeuse supernova may happen at any time.... :)

I've gone through enough lunar eclipses... I've seen Hyakutake....

Who knows what's next? :)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
6 years, 6 months ago
Who knows?  Maybe there'll be another Comet of the Century swinging by in a few years.  We're pretty much overdo for one along the lines of the spectacular, multi-tailed spectacles of centuries gone by.
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