You can see the Transit of Venus live here: http://events.slooh.com/
Starts in 5 minutes.
I can see it in one of our bedrooms now, using the sunlight shining in through a window. I fastened binoculars to a tripod, so as to project the image onto a sheet of cardboard. Venus is just barely all the way inside the sun's disk now. I'll get some pictures and post them later; we're going out for dinner shortly.
I can see some sunspots, too.
No chances to see anything for me - full overcast, and it is not going to change around sunrise. I can sleep as long as I want, I am not going to miss anything
Transit of clouds here too. I am so freakin' upset about this.
too cloudy here :(
it's still cool to see the streams, though
I've done some projections onto a paper plate using the lens out of my finder scope, but I can't really see anything. Perhaps my lens is too long of a focal length.
Did you try taking the eyepiece out of your main scope?
I saw Venus! For about 8 seconds! There was a gap in the clouds. Sunlight suddenly poured into my back window, and I grabbed my sunglasses and two layers of exposed photographic negatives and got a glimpse of the top half of the sun with the tiny dot of Venus about 2/3ds across.
Nothing but clouds. However, it has gotten a triffle darker outside.
Mostly cloudy with small patches of blue sky.
There's nothing but clouds for me as well though I'm digging nasa's coverage of the transit. No matter how hard I try, I just can't get myself to realize the sheer size, speed, distance etc. of these two objects!
I used jtbell's binoculars method and it's clearly visible here in Kansas.
Cool - - NASA SDO - Venus approaching in 191 Anstrom [sic] (I think that is Angstrom, as in UV)
That is cool.
Nope. Do you think using the eyepiece instead of the lens would have worked better?
These pics were taken at 6:24 and 7:08 PM EDT (22:24 and 23:08 UT).
When I was a kid many years ago, my parents bought me a four- or five-volume set of books covering various historical topics in science and math. One chapter was about the transits of Venus. It started with the story of Jeremiah Horrocks, an English astronomer whose "day job" was as tutor for a family in a small village. In 1639, he refined Kepler's calculations of the orbit of Venus and predicted the transit which took place less than four weeks later. (Kepler had predicted the transit of 1631 which apparently nobody actually saw, but thought 1639 would be a near-miss.) Horrocks and one of his correspondents, William Crabtree, were the only two people to witness the transit of 1639.
The following transits were in 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882, 2004 and 2012. The next one will be in 2117, so if you missed the two most recent ones, you're probably out of luck.
When I was a kid, 2004 and 2012 seemed a loooong time away!
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