Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The 2012 Transit of Venus

On a lighter note, for all you astronomers out there, Venus is eclipsing the sun as we speak. For us in the Pacific Northwest it happens from 6:45 PM until sunset. Venus can be seen as a sunspot on the sun that gradually moves across it over a six hour period. Don't look directly at the sun. Sunglasses aren't good enough. You need a welder’s glass or punch a whole in a piece of cardboard and use that to project the image on a blank piece of paper. Yet for us in the Pacific Northwest, it's raining so we'll have to watch it online or on TV.

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