We sort of viewed the last time this century Transit of Venus that happened yesterday, June 5, or in the early a.m. hours today (depending on where you live in the world) – just not Up Close and Personal. Why ?
CLOUDS — this all-day overcast skies and VERY heavy cloud cover. It never rained in our location, just looked threatening all day, although some areas had heavy downpours throughout the day.
We went to the NASA Visitor Center/Wallops Flight Facility which was overwhelmed by the number of folks who showed up. By our rough count, there was over 125 adults and children, a standing-room only crowd for the auditorium presentation. The turnout surprised the staff who didn’t have enough protective solar viewing glasses and asked folks to share. That wasn’t necessary as the Sun never broke through the clouds.
On this screen . . .
This was a live webcast from atop the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. While it wasn’t the SAME as actually seeing the Venus transit, at least we saw it as it was happening. No, we didn’t watch the entire transit which occurred over several hours.
If you’re curious about WHEN the next Transit of Venus happens, it’s in 2117 — we’ll miss that one too!