Photo of the day

I never even bothered to try and watch the Transit of Venus.  I assumed it would be ultimately difficult to see well and underwhelming.  Perhaps I’m forever ruined by the 1986 trip my dad and I took to Key West to see Halley’s Comet (Key West offered the best viewing from the US) only to get a sense of: really?  that’s it?  Famous comet: yes.  Impressive astronomical object to view: most definitely the case in 1986.   Maybe it will be better in 2061.  Also, I figured there’s be awesome Transit of Venus photos on-line.  Naturally, Alan Taylor has curated many of the best.   Now this is a cool view:

Venus moves across the Sun in this image captured by Japan’s satellite Hinode, on June 6, 2012. One of the rarest astronomical events occurred yesterday, when Venus passed directly between the sun and Earth, a transit that won’t occur again until 2117. (Reuters/JAXA) 

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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