Tuesday, June 5, 2012

transit of Venus

Are you excited? It's your last chance to view it unless you're planning to live until 2117. It's a great opportunity to learn about Exoplanets, their atmospheres and life-bearing potential. Also, think about all those astronomers, of centuries past, who braved travelling to remote corners of the world just to observe the transit and determine the distance to our Sun, which set the scale of our solar system (by which we measure most astronomical distances). Remember: don't look directly at the sun! Build yourself a pin-hole camera with the nearest box.

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