Monday, June 11, 2012
Here's what the Venus transit looked like from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
If you missed the Venus transit last week — or just want a better view of it — check out this video, taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The observatory's main purpose is to examine the sun's atmosphere and the video captures images about eight times better than HDTV, according to NASA. On June 5, it captured the transit of Venus across the face of the sun, an event that won't happen again until 2117. The best views in the contiguous U.S. were in the west. For those of us in Ohio, this might be the best view we'll get. Were you able to view it last week?
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
We talked to the National Weather Service to find out your best bet for seeing the once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event
Monday we told you about the Transit of Venus, an astronomical event that will happen tonight and not again in our lifetime. Today, the clouds came. And they've persisted. But will they keep us from seeing Venus pass in front of the sun? Maybe, said National Weather Service meteorologist John Mayers. "The cloud cover is pretty extensive," he said, adding that the deck Northeast Ohio is under stretches from Indiana to Pennsylvania. "And there's no indication that what's causing the clouds will move." But, he added, there are some breaks along the Lake Erie shoreline. Edgewater Park, where area astronimical groups will gather to help the public watch it safely — for free — with their telescopes and goggles, might be the best place in …
You probably won't be alive the next time this happens, so be sure to watch it on Tuesday evening.
A little after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, residents in Northeast Ohio will have an opportunity to witness one of the rarest predictable celestial events: a transit of Venus. Often referred to as the "Evening Star" or "Morning Star," Venus is the brightest natural object in our sky after the Sun and the Moon. As the second planet from the Sun, it's closer to the Sun than the Earth is. A "transit" of Venus occurs when Venus passes between us and the Sun in such a way that we can see Venus's silhouette backlit by the Sun's brilliant light. It last happened in 2004, but it won't happen again until 2117. Unless you plan to shatter some human longevity records, this is probably your last chance. Were Venus either large enough or close enough to block …