|5:30 a.m., hunting for the sun|
Sunrise came at 3:15 a.m. this morning and the transit continued until 7:15, so Maggie, Anna and I got up at 5:30 a.m. and went up the hill with Indy to a small park where the sun could be visible. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy morning. There were a few small holes in the clouds here and there and on the way up I hoped we would get lucky and be able to see the disk of the sun through one of them. The next time Venus "eclipses" the sun will be in 2117, a rather long wait, so despite the cloudiness we had to try. It is unlikely we will get another chance in our lifetimes to see a little black dot of this particular size.
|Trying for an image of the sun despite the clouds|
Instead we came home and found a live video feed online where we could see the transit as it happened with an image much bigger and clearer than we could make ourselves.
So, our outing was not entirely successful, but we still were aware of and felt like a part of the event anyways. We can always try again in 105 years.
|Watching the transit live on the computer instead. Venus is the little black dot at the bottom of big circle.|