Friday, June 8, 2012

Venus Transit

After having missed so many of the other astronomical events for the last 6 months, I wasn't holding out much hope for the Venus Transit that occurred Tuesday morning, the 6th.  I woke up naturally around 5:50 AM, and the sky was already lit up and beautifully clear, but the shadows on the neighboring buildings were still at about a height of 3-4 stories.  None of the open spaces within hobbling distance had a view of the sun, so I went back to sleep.  At 11 AM, the sun was high enough in the sky to clear the buildings immediately around me, and I could see it from the street in front of my apartment with no trouble.  The black dot was visible towards the 11 o'clock position on the sun, and well as a few really big black spots.  As I was watching through the solar eclipse viewing glasses, a neighbor from the apartments next door approached me and asked to use the glasses as well.  Otherwise, I was the only one on the street looking up.  I hadn't heard anything about school or planetarium-led viewing events, but the NHK radio news announcer did mention the transit as being visible across the entire country.

I'm happy.  Now waiting to see it again in 2117.

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