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And on to the Transit of Venus

As I type this, Venus is transiting the sun and will be doing so for quite awhile. The Astronomical Photo of the Day has set up a live feed to the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which can be updated by refreshing it every 15 minutes or so. They're also composing a gallery of the results.

Of course there's always going outside with a card with a pinhole in it or the like. Which I think I'll go do now.

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17catherines
Jun. 6th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
We've all been peering out the window at it (through multiple layers of X-ray slides - very bad idea, but nobody apparently believes that).
kayshapero
Jun. 6th, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
Well, if they're honest to goodness glass slides you're probably ok if they don't slip, given that they'll block most things that aren't visible light, and visible light isn't likely to give you anything past spots before the eyes. I'm told if you hold up binoculars aiming one end at the sun and the other at a white card or wall you can get images, though I've never had any luck with it. Including today, I'm afraid - never did get to the pinhole stage. But then with a nice big orbiting solar telescope to peek through over the net, I'm happy enough. :)

Hmm, just went to check and they seem to have stopped updating as Venus hit the opposite limb of the Sun. Pity - I was hoping the link would stay up and I could watch sunspots and stuff.

Edited at 2012-06-06 06:59 am (UTC)
17catherines
Jun. 6th, 2012 11:23 am (UTC)
We did get to look through a telescope in the end - someone from work brought his in from home, and set it up in the forecourt...
kayshapero
Jun. 6th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Great! Guess it's time I got a sun filter for mine. It's a bitty little cheap refractor (CVS has them every year - I make a point of donating one to the LOSCON toy drive) not suitable for much past looking at the moon, but it oughta work with the Sun at that.
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