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Date: 6/6/12 0:49 AM
Worked 13.5 hr night shift, slept 4 hrs, picked boys up early from school, and went to the Adler Planetarium.
Saw it with the safety glasses, through scopes, and the live feed :D. Quick tour of the Adler, picnic outside. Walk by the lake, some tree-climbing (ok, I just watched that part). Super fun day with my guys.
🌸 Plenty of machines, mostly Berninas 🌸
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Date: 6/9/12 12:59 PM
I'm a long time astronomy nut. I posted this verbosity in a couple of astronomy related forums...
I'm primarily a DSO watcher, but I'd been looking forward to this
transit... I got clouded out in 2004, and this was my last chance for
105 years. I'd been watching the 10 day forecast, even though that
means almost nothing here in the American Mid-West. Up until
yesterday, the forecast said partly cloudy, and finally sunny!
However, I watched the sky clouding over for most of this afternoon.
The transit was supposed to start at 5:04:46 here, but after
setting up the beat up 60mm Jason refractor I use for solar
projection, and taping a piece of white paper into the bottom of a
cardboard box, I watched a chunk of dark cloud blow across the Sun...
I watched the edges of the cloud occasionally brighten as the Sun
teased around the edges... the minutes slowly ticked away on my
Timex... Then, at 5:12:40, the Sun peeked out and I managed to get my
trusty Jason aimed... a shallow, dark, depression had appeared on the
Sun's limb as projected on the white paper in the shade in the bottom
of my box! I was SEEING it! I shot a few pictures of the depression
as it got deeper... Then clouds again. (I'll find out if any of my
pictures of the projected image worked once I get my film developed at
HyVee... I'm old...) Then the Sun found it's way out again... I
began clicking off pictures at 5:15, 5:17, and 5:19... Realizing that
my pictures were crude, and that they might not even work, I quit my
attempt at timing things... There was very little "scientific" value
to my crude times, and I was spending time looking at my watch that I
could spend watching Venus drift into the Sun... Soon, the dark disk
of the planet was fully inside that of the Sun... I saw no distinct
teardrop phenomena or anything of the sort... just a clean break from
the edge of the Sun. I watched the little disk drift deeper into the
Sun, watching it's changing geometry with the small sunspots on the
face of the Sun, occasionally clicking more pictures.
Shortly after 6:00 I got rather badly clouded out. Satisfied, I
went back in the house, leaving things set up in my back yard. I went
out at 6:15, to see the situation unchanged, but a curious squirrel,
(Fox Squirrel, (sciurus niger) ) investigating my tripod. He casually
walked away as I got closer. I went out again closer to 7:00, and it
was still cloudy, and the aforesaid squirrel was now watching me from
a metal trellis thing in my wife's garden. I got within two steps
before he turned and walked away... gutsy little critter...
Later, I stepped out again, watched the Sun appear from behind
the clouds, and from 7:53 to 7:57 watched the Sun, with Venus now
deeply imbedded, slide smoothly down behind the neighbor's roof...
kinda cool... I hauled my little scope out behind my yard, closer to
the cemetery behind my house, and at 8:03 watched the Sun and Venus
disappear behind the trees farther West from my house... the
projected image showed whisps of clouds blowing across the Sun like
dark smoke, but this was my last look... I watched it slide behind
A good day! I was nothing but a casual gazer, but I saw
something rare and wonderful! Later, a little after Nine, I saw the
first fireflies of the season in my area.