June 6, 2012
Transit Of Venus Lived Up To The Hype
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Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com
Yesterday afternoon, the Earth was able to experience a moment in our solar system that will not be seen again until 2117, the Transit of Venus.
Peering through a solar filter on my DSLR camera and a 200mm zoom lens made for a pretty good looking glass.
As 4:06 mountain time started to approach, you could see a little black dot start to make its way between the Earth and the Sun.
I missed the 2004 transit, but was able to see pictures from that time to see what exactly I would be able to expect.
Although the clouds were rolling around Colorado, I still was able to find my way into a few cracks to grab photos of the event.
Seeing that black dot made Venus seem a little more accessible, and the Sun a lot bigger.
As the time passed, Venus kept making its trip across the Sun, eventually tucking away into the sunset.
During the time Venus passed through its path, I couldn't help but think about the other generations that had seen the same thing.
The last transit was in 1882, other than the 2004 transit that coincides with the one that took place just yesterday.
Back during the transit of 1882, Venus had an audience like Thomas Edison, Queen Victoria and Nikola Tesla.
Old West outlaw Jesse James would have been able to witness the event, if he hadn't been shot by Robert Ford earlier in the year. However, Jesse James may have been able to catch the previous, 1874 transit.
Missing the celestial event may not seem like much to some, but it´s amazing to think that it is a piece of history that takes place just a couple times in a century.
Who knows what people will be writing about during the 2117 transit, but at least I know that although much may have changed at that time, both the Sun and Venus will still be the same, just as it was 100 years ago.