Category Archives: Planets

Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Transit Day, Part 3

The 13 observatories on Mauna Kea are scattered at different locations around the upper mountain.  Optical and infrared observatories are on the high ridges. Just below the optical/IR telescopes is an area known informally as “Submillimeter Valley.”  The observatories here … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Transit Day, Part 1

2012 June 05 — The day of the 2012 Transit of Venus Oddly enough for me, I was up at dawn that morning. As I’d posted that morning, the weather seemed to be cooperating. Certainly the view from my hotel … Continue reading

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One Mind-Boggling Transit Day

Well, it’s come and gone for another 105.5 years. And we couldn’t have asked for the day to have worked out any better. Well, we could have, but we’d have had to be daft! Even with a stiff breeze at … Continue reading

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Observing and Recording the 2012 Transit of Venus

There’s less than a month to go until the 2012 Transit of Venus! I’m trying to get everything organized — I think it’s going well, but I have this feeling that I’m going to open up a bag, whack myself … Continue reading

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Transits of Venus

Very infrequently, people on Earth get to see Venus transit the Sun. The pattern seems odd: two transits 8 years apart, then an interval of over a century. Our last Transit of Venus was in 2004, on June 8th. The … Continue reading

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Venus Day by Day

I hear this question a lot: “What’s that really bright star I see around sunset?” It’s pretty hard to miss Venus, and some of the more eagle-eyed even see it in daylight. Naturally, I don’t have those eagle eyes. Sigh…. … Continue reading

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