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How to safely watch the transit of Venus on Tuesday - Comments

Linda Ward's Avatar Comment 1 by Linda Ward

I have tickets to attend a Transit of Venus event hosted by the University of Toronto tomorrow. While many of the extras such as talks and the play are sold out there are still some free tickets available to watch (with glasses) at Varsity Stadium on Tuesday.

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 17:01:11 UTC | #945506

rumpole's Avatar Comment 2 by rumpole

Um, not to be picky, but why do we in the eastern US want a low horizon to the east / northeast? The transit occurs for us as the sun is setting, which -- despite the increasing backwardness of North America -- is still in the west!

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 02:07:03 UTC | #945627

Anvil's Avatar Comment 3 by Anvil

What's the chances of it being a clear morning in Northern England?

Still, I've stuck the binoculars on a tripod ready. Gotta' be up a 5am, doh!

By the way, followed a coupla' links from the OP which suggested a telescope would be better than binoculars. Didn't mention not to try this with a newtonian - the heat generated will bugger your mirror, I reckon. Just a thought as I've no intention of trying it with mine.

Anvil.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:52:33 UTC | #945674

mmurray's Avatar Comment 4 by mmurray

Comment 3 by Anvil :

What's the chances of it being a clear morning in Northern England?

Still, I've stuck the binoculars on a tripod ready. Gotta' be up a 5am, doh!

By the way, followed a coupla' links from the OP which suggested a telescope would be better than binoculars. Didn't mention not to try this with a newtonian - the heat generated will bugger your mirror, I reckon. Just a thought as I've no intention of trying it with mine.

Anvil.

I saw some discussion saying don't leave your binoculars focused too long either as you can melt the internal glue and whatever.

Michael

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:57:42 UTC | #945675

bluebird's Avatar Comment 5 by bluebird

Today's APOD will have updated photos every 15 minutes.

Yesterday it was cloudy ~ was unable to observe the "Strawberry Moon'" lunar eclipse :(

Time to listen to 'Venus-Bringer of Peace'.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:07:18 UTC | #945727

frax71's Avatar Comment 6 by frax71

The beeb has dedicated an hour to this starting at 2100 tonight on bbc 2

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 19:24:51 UTC | #945737

Ignorant Amos's Avatar Comment 7 by Ignorant Amos

Comment 6 by frax71

The beeb has dedicated an hour to this starting at 2100 tonight on bbc 2

Gawping out the windy as I type...a don't think it's gonna be worthwhile setting the alarm clock.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 19:41:00 UTC | #945742

Anvil's Avatar Comment 8 by Anvil

Just gone midnight in Newcastle. Can't see the moon. Cloudy and raining. Doh!

No glue in my russian built bins, Michael. The very thought!

Got to be up anyway, heading up to Inverness, sailing for a week. Couple of days looking for the monster, then back out to the North Sea. Can't wait. Forecast sez rain and squalls, still can't wait.

Enjoy your week, folks

Anvil.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 23:21:35 UTC | #945777

GeeBee's Avatar Comment 9 by GeeBee

Yay... thankfully the clouds cleared up enough here in Canberra, Australia to allow for good viewing of the transit. We made a mount for the solar filter and fitted it to the telescope.

Eyes seem to be OK at this point in time.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 04:26:11 UTC | #945802

Linda Ward's Avatar Comment 10 by Linda Ward

Here in Toronto the sky was perfect and Varsity Stadium was packed with watchers. It was a wonderful surprise to see so many families queued up to get some glasses and to hear commentary from Astronomers.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/06/06/transit-of-venus-2012/

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:49:12 UTC | #945859

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 11 by Alan4discussion

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 18:57:44 UTC | #945929