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 Post subject: the transit of venus
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:15 am 
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T-7 hours, yo!!!

http://www.transitofvenus.org/

who is watching it? (i was lazy and didn't get any viewing glasses.)

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 Post subject: Re: the transit of venus
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:23 am 
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Ooooh this is exciting! I'll watch for it. Will I be able to see it just looking in the sky with my naked eye?

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 Post subject: Re: the transit of venus
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:07 pm 
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GraciaKai wrote:
Ooooh this is exciting! I'll watch for it. Will I be able to see it just looking in the sky with my naked eye?

sure, if you want to go blind. :-p

if you have fully developed black and white film negatives (make sure it's the silver variety) with no image on it (therefore fully black) that'd work. color film won't work, because it doesn't use silver. (or if it does, at least not as much as B&W)

or make a pinhole projector. (the website above has a page on the different ways to watch. there's also going to be an online feed from hawaii.)

also, more info here. (it also helps you determine whether you have a CD that's thick enough to view through. probably unburnt.)
http://www.eclipseshades.com/safety.html

and of course nasa's page.
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/safety.html

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 Post subject: Re: the transit of venus
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Wait I'm confused. I need some type of viewer? Does that mean if someone looks into the sky at 6pm tonight and doesn't know about this it will blind them?

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 Post subject: Re: the transit of venus
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never look directly into the sun without protection. ever.

(especially with this eclipse since venus will only cover a teeeeeny tiny bit of the sun.)

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 Post subject: Re: the transit of venus
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I didn't realize the sun was involved. Guess I didn't read carefully enough! That is what happens when I work and PPK at the same time.

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 Post subject: Re: the transit of venus
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ohhhhh! yeah, i didn't explain it well enough. it's a rare event where venus crosses over the face of the sun. won't happen again for another century+

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I haven't prepared anything at all! I'll probably watch one of the online feeds, though. Last time (2004) I saw it from the local observatory, which was pretty cool.


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Unfortunately, I won't be able to watch it (no equipment and no time to rig something up)... but I shall have an excess of joy anyway ;-)


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I downloaded the droid app, so hopefully I'll be able to see it on my phone!

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 Post subject: Re: the transit of venus
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I won't be able to see it because it's cloudy. :(


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cloudy. :-( here are the live feeds.

http://events.slooh.com/

http://venustransit.nasa.gov/webcasts/nasaedge/

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 Post subject: Re: the transit of venus
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During the solar eclipse a couple of weeks ago, i had really good luck with the fingers-interlaced thing, which I have never heard about before. Also just a pinhole in some foil projected onto a wall. Made some really cool patterns and stuff that way

also, shadows from leafy trees look gnarly.


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 Post subject: Re: the transit of venus
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My partner's an astronomer and has a little station set up for the public to come by and take a look. I'm heading over myself in a few min. Exciting!!

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I always miss all the cool astronomical things. Sadface.


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