Thursday, June 7, 2012

Transit of Venus from NYC

Hey everyone! How is it going? This week there has been something going on with the planets around earth. It turns out that Venus passed between the earth and the sun, making it visible for the human eye from several spots around our planet. One of those spots was New York City. I've been hearing a lot about it, since it will take over a hundred years for that to happen again, so that was quite a historical moment (yeah, not for everyone... but for a nerd like me, it counts!)



The weather in the city is still crazy, just as usual, that's why I wasn't sure we would be able to see it from here. That's also why I started browsing online to see if there was any other way to see it. Well, of course there was. I found tons of live streaming websites that were showing the whole thing.

From the Huffington Post:

"Skywatchers around the world readied their telescopes and grabbed their solar shades on Tuesday and Wednesday to catch a glimpse of the transit of Venus, a phenomenon that won't occur again until 2117.

For nearly 7 hours, Venus moved between the Earth and its closest star, making the Sun appear to be punctured by a small black dot. It was visible from the ground in most of the world except for western Africa, southeastern South America, Portugal and parts of Spain, according to NASA."
You can read the whole entry here.
They talked about it all over the news as well:



To be honest, I could not see it with my own eyes. First of all because at that time I had class, and secondly because I wouldn't have had the proper equipment and I'm quite fond of my eyes. However, I'm taking enough care of myself, so I'm pretty confident that I will still have a second chance to see it in 2117, when I will only be 128 years old.

Here are some New Yorkers trying to see the transit across the cloudy sky:



See more pictures here: link.

I hope everything is fine! Thanks for reading and see you soon!

1 comment:

  1. haha)))
    "I'm quite fond of my eyes. However, I'm taking enough care of myself, so I'm pretty confident that I will still have a second chance to see it in 2117, when I will only be 128 years old."

    You're so funny! :D
    But who knows... There are some people on Earth who are more than 100 years old, so that phenomena is possible and may concern you as well. :)

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