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Venus in Solar Transit from Conway Observatory.

11 Jun 2012, 14:51 UTC
Venus in Solar Transit from Conway Observatory.
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I had been waiting for last Tuesday for nearly eight years. On June 8, 2004, I saw the Sun rise over Lake Michigan with Venus near transit egress from Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. Seeing that little dot in front of the Sun through nothing but a pair of cheap eclipse glasses changed my life. I knew I had to see the second of the pair eight years later. The desire to see the 2012 Transit of Venus is the sole reason I now call myself an astronomer. I had spent months, and really years, getting ready for this last of my lifetime event. Was I as ready as I would have liked to be? No, but I had all the tools I needed to observe the transit myself, try to get some (bad) images, and show the curious public something we’ll never see again.I left home to pick up Hillary mid-morning, and we arrived at Conway Observatory in Lowell around 10 AM CDST. We were the first to arrive, but I had a feeling that there would be many more Calumet Astronomical Society members arriving before our public viewing started at 3 PM. We packed a lunch, and hung around the ...

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