Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Venus Transit

By some miracle, we had a brilliant sunny afternoon today for observing the transit of Venus across the sun at Catlin.  The larger bright circle is an image of the sun, projected through binoculars onto a paper.  The tiny dot on the lower left is Venus, making her way from the lower left to the upper right of the bright circle.  There are lots of higher resolution images online, but we had lots of fun watching this in person.  It'll take about 6 hours for the transit to finish, but once it's over, you'll have to wait until December 2117 to see the next one!   

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