Friday, June 1, 2012

Transit of Venus

Yesterday, the whole family went on a little trip downtown for Justin to see an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist. Remember way back here when he ruptured his ear drum? Well, it never healed over - falling into the 3 percent category of people that have ruptures. For some reason it's starting to cause trouble and we are in the process of finding out why... He wasn't sure if the balance test was going to leave him feeling dizzy and/or nauseous so he wanted me to be there to drive him home, just in case.

Anyway... after about 15 minutes of trying to entertain Harvey and Avery in the waiting room, I decided it would be much easier on myself - and more fun for Harvey - if we went to the Clark Planetarium instead. Parking was free for an hour and the Planetarium is free unless you want to see a star show, so it worked out really well. Harvey loved running on the moon and mars, checking out the "big, big, BIG" telescopes, turning gears to make the planets move and pushing buttons and peeking in to see how bright the sun would be from Pluto or Neptune.

Okay, I'll tell you the real reason why I wanted to stop in: Solar Glasses.


I found out about the annular eclipse on the morning of May 21st (the day of), so we weren't able to see it at all because I didn't have any idea how to safely look at the sun! It was a total bummer to know something cool was going on, but not be able to gaze at it. I did some research so we would be ready for the next event... and I not only found you could buy Solar Glasses from the Planetarium for $2 bucks a pair, but that I wouldn't have to wait long to use them.


The Transit of Venus (where Venus passes directly between the earth and the sun) is going to take place on Tuesday, June 5, 2012... and it wont happen again for 105 years!! Basically, it is similar to an eclipse only Venus will appear as a small dot on the sun rather than cover it completely.

I live in Utah, so I can see the Transit of Venus between about 4pm and 11pm. Check out this website to find out the time for your specific area. Just enter your address in the white box and click "locate." Another option is to watch this webcast.

Are you excited? I am.


 Not too shabby for a 3 year old, right? Granted, this was the rest of the photoshoot:


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Also, check out SpaceWeather for the latest stuff going on in space:

Ways you can view solar activities that involve the sun:
  • Wear Solar Glasses.
  • Use a Solar Filter on a telescope.
  • Use binoculars or a telescope to project the image on to a white sheet.
  • Gaze through a Welding Mask (make sure the glass is Shade 14!!)

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