An Eccentric Anomaly: Page 1: Astronomy

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Transit of Venus

This morning Venus transited the Sun. From here in Tongue only the last hour and a bit could possibly have been visible starting at sunrise at around 03:20Z (04:20 BST).

Frankly, the chances were fairly slim that the weather would co-operate but, given the excellent skies we had for the 2003 Transit of Mercury and 2004 Transit of Venus it seemed churlish not to at least give it a try.


Scope Test

It's been over two years now since I last used my telescope. With the transit of Venus coming up on Wednesday morning I thought I'd give it a quick try.


Failure Is An Option

We're coming up to the end of the last Space Shuttle mission. There's been a lot of agonizing about this being the end of US human spaceflight. Similarly, there's been a lot of wailing about the possible cancellation of the James Webb Space Telescope and the general disarray of NASA's programs over the next few years.

Frankly, I think this is all a bit misguided.



My horizon to the west is too high (about 7°) to see Jupiter today with the Sun far enough down. Still, Mercury was visible from about 19:15Z onwards, first through binoculars then directly, before it "set" behind a fairly stationary decaying cloud street.

With my pocket camera on a tripod I got: