Good luck, clear skies and great viewing for everyone out there trying to see the Venus Transit!
Update 1: Watch the event live here, or watch the embedded NASA video stream, below:
Update 2: here are the results of my Transit “expedition”, where I didn’t get any good photos directly through my protective eyegear, but the binocular trick paid off handsomely.
No, really, that’s what this is. For those of you who’ve never used the binocular trick, just uncap one side of your binoculars, point them towards the Sun (while you look away), and project the image onto a white screen below it.
This is exactly what I did; image once again courtesy of my co-worker Kelly.
Update 3: A little bit of image processing really shows off what we’re looking at, here!
No, it’s not as impressive as the NASA image, but there’s always something to be said for the experience of doing it yourself with the equipment you just have lying around. My coworker Seth Shikora also got a great picture, which looks pretty pleasing with a little image processing.
You can really get an appreciation for the size of Venus’ disk, up against the Sun like that. It was visible as a small dot through proper eye protection with the naked eye, which coworker/photographer/photography subject Kelly was kind enough to show off.
Thanks to everyone at trap!t for helping make this the greatest Venus transit expedition* of my life, and hope yours is just as great!
* — Full disclosure: like most of the United States, I missed the transit of 2004, and won’t be alive for another one!
Update 4: Okay, I really can’t compete with NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Simply amazing, and I hope that whether your experience was or not, you enjoyed following along here with me!