The Transit of Venus...

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    Jun 05, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    ...is happening now.

    You can see it streamed from NASA at

    http://www.ustream.tv/nasaedge
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    Jun 05, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    This is so COOL!
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    Jun 05, 2012 11:13 PM GMT
    If Venus is taking public transit, it'll never make it.
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    Jun 05, 2012 11:16 PM GMT
    paulflexes wroteIf Venus is taking public transit, it'll never make it


    I think it will take about 2hrs 15mins over six hours to cross the face of the sun, which is probably faster than you can cross most major cities during rush hour.
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    Jun 05, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    pretty cool watching 1st and 2nd contact!! Bummer it's so cloudy here, that I couldn't even do a pinhole camera icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 05, 2012 11:25 PM GMT
    MikeOnMain said
    paulflexes wroteIf Venus is taking public transit, it'll never make it


    I think it will take about 2hrs 15mins to cross the face of the sun, which is probably faster than you can cross most major cities during rush hour.
    So it's taking the magnalev?
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    Jun 05, 2012 11:40 PM GMT
    Here's my view of the transit.

    581110_4092109350580_1950570810_n.jpg
  • RushingStream

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    Jun 06, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
    lol The sun is very visible where I am at currently, unfortunately I do not have the appropriate eye-wear to see the transit. I tried to see it with some shades, but after two seconds I was...no way. lol If I try to force my eyes to focus on the sun I will end up hurting myself.

    In the end I decided to see a live cast on google+, which is great coz you have professional astronomers providing commentary while you watch the transit. Very informative information. And the photos streaming in from Nasa are incredible.

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    Jun 06, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    @RushingStream: you might be able to see it with pinhole projector, but the view you get online will be a lot better. You definitely don't want to look at the sun without special solar viewers.
  • tigrisblue

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    Jun 06, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    MikeOnMain said
    paulflexes wroteIf Venus is taking public transit, it'll never make it


    I think it will take about 2hrs 15mins to cross the face of the sun, which is probably faster than you can cross most major cities during rush hour.
    So it's taking the magnalev?


    It's taking the Soul Train.

    Although, more seriously, the transit is pretty damn cool. Although it does make Venus seem really close (which, cosmologically speaking, I suppose it is humping Earth's proverbial leg, but details).
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    The next time we can see Venus like this will be 2117. So, let's all see it today.
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    Jun 06, 2012 9:48 AM GMT
    MikeOnMain saidHere's my view of the transit.

    581110_4092109350580_1950570810_n.jpg


    Akron was cloudy and rainy, so I didn't get to see it. Unless I find a way to be immortal, I'll be able to see it in 2117.
  • RushingStream

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    Jun 07, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    Lol, yeah I decided to watch the livecast instead. It was a very humorous experience but great too. I wonder how the world will be when the next Venus transit occurs...hm.