Transit of Venus
Who Saw it?
I stayed up all night with some of my friends watching movies as we waited for the sun to rise. Then when it started to we realized that the sun we could probably get a better view if we found a open farm field. So we all piled in a car, and I had some random bloody nose, and we raced going about 40 above the limit until we found a suitable spot. However it was a hazy day and we waited for 15 minutes or so and figured that the sun had already rose and was behind the clouds given the fact that it was bright around 40 degrees above the horizon and dark near the horizon, however we kept waiting and talking until I saw the a little crescent edge pop out of the horizon as the glorious orb of fire that seemed to be 2 times larger than normal poked her enormous face over the distant tree line. We waited and actually saw the orb rise and the gentle orange glow got stronger and stronger, until we saw the spot. At first we weren't sure, but after awhile we were. It was truly a sight. With the moon still visible, the sun giving an entry worthy of any artist canvas I slowly began to realize what I was seeing. We all got out of the car and started to jump around like giddy school girls wondering if our physics teacher who had went to Port Huron for the event could possibly have a better view than us. We took turns posing for the camera with the sun, and then just starting taking pictures of the sun itself. The lessons of the astronomical meeting began to flood back and it wasn't hard to see how something so compelling could have caused those original scientists to faint.