Transit of Venus

Started Jun 6, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Transit of Venus
In reply to biochemiker, Jun 6, 2012

I used a solar filter from the Orion Telescope outfit.

I work afternoons and evenings so I had to take a 1/2 day off. My co-workers teased me when I left because it was cloudy with only a few small patches of blue sky. During my 1/2 hour drive home there were no patches of blue.

I hiked 1/2 mile to the top of a quarry where I would get the setting sun through distant trees on a distant hill. It was cloudy when I set up, there was even a slight rain. I had to put a trash bag over my tripod. Then I could see a couple of decent openings in the clouds on the horizon and they gradually moved east to meet the Sun and Venus as they headed west.

The 2 larger openings met the heavenly event and the view was spectacular. I didn't know if there would be sunspots but it turns out there were about a dozen. The openings in the clouds closed just above the horizon. I hiked home under the clouds. Soon after I got home the rain poured.
It was a thrill that I still feel.

Here's one more from yesterday and one from 2004.

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