Wordless Wednesday – Transit of Venus Live!

by Deb on June 6, 2012

Venus Transit

In my first science live blogging/tweeting/instagramming event I’m attempting to cover today’s transit of Venus.

As I get photos I will be adding them here, plus you can follow my tweets. For a slightly more exciting version, I’ve also embedded a video from a live feed from the Exploratorium, but you need Flash to see it.

Waiting for the transit.

Venus second contact

Venus is fully inside the sun, that little black dot up the top. According to my phone it occurred at 8:03am, which sounds right.

Venus 9am

Venus moving through the sun, approximately 9am.

Venus 10am

Approximately 10am, the wind is making this very difficult.

Venus 11am

Actually 10:55, I'm getting quicker at doing this. Plus less wind.

Think how seldom we get to see shapes in the sky – apart from the sun and moon most things are points of light.  But this is definitely a spot.

Venus 12pm

12pm, plus if you look carefully to the right of Venus you can see a triangle of 4 sunspots.

Venus 1pm

1pm. Moving back out to the edge of the sun.

Venus 2pm

3rd contact, Venus is leaving.

Transit of Venus | exploratorium.edu/venus




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Chris Key via Facebook June 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

I just went and saw this here at work, they have a telescope set up :)

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Science@home via Facebook June 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

So do I, but I have to keep moving it manually and rescuing it from the wind! Great fun now everything is done, how inconsiderate of Venus to contact just at the busiest time of the day.

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Penny June 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Wow that’s pretty awesome Deb! I’m very impressed. Now I wish I had a telescope!

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Deb June 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

We tried with a pinhole camera but too blurry to see the little spot. Binoculars work though. I’m having a ball seeing it for real :)

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Twitchy June 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Fantastic shots and what a great practical astronomy lesson! Can’t believe I knew nothing about this until I saw twitter and blogs this morning :/

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Deb June 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Thanks, I really wish I had a class at the moment, I could build so much around this! Will have to look out for more once in a lifetime events :)

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ilona June 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I am from holland .You can not see it here today because of the rain ……so we are very thankfull for this site .ilona

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Deb June 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I’m glad you got to join in a little with me. It was an amazing experience.

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Tamara June 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Oh I am so jealous. I wish I had a clear sky to get this view.
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