Re: OT Venus transit today
- From: Yowie <yowie9644.DIESPAMDIE@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 07:24:29 +1000
On 7/06/2012 5:20 AM, ---MIKE--- wrote:
I didn't see this one because of persistent clouds. I did see the one
in 2004. Last night I watched the NASA channel which was showing the
It was howling wind and driving rain for the morning (the transit happened between about 8am and 2pm for us), although it was supposed to clear up for the afternoon.
I'd made a pinhole camera to watch, but quickly discovered that I'd need a very large box for the sun to appear as more than a pinpoint of light.
But it just so happened I was there on lunch break when a cow orker dragged out his proper telescope with a solar filter, and I was the one looking down it glumly when the sun poked out from the cloud for a matter of seconds and I saw it. The next person had to wait for another 10 minutes before there was another briefest of cloud breaks.
I don't know if anyone else saw it, because my lunch break finished and I had to go back tot he office.
The irony of the whole day, though, was that by 3pm (when the transit was well and truly over) the sky was blue, and I had multiple pin-hole camera images of the sun all through my office.
Still, I am one of the rare ones in this patch of Australia that actually got to see it 'live' rather than through a webcast. And for that I feel truly blessed.
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