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    Re: My View of the Transit of Venus
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2004 Jun 8, 09:07 -0400

    Yes,
    
    Thanks to Frank for his reminder and enthusiasm!
    
    Fred
    
    On Jun 8, 2004, at 3:41 AM, Robert Eno wrote:
    
    > Thanks to Frank Reed, who reminded us about this event last night, I
    > got
    > up at 4AM to witness the event. Crystal clear skies this morning. A
    > godsend.  So I viewed the sun for about a half hour with my sextant
    > (and
    > 6X scope). I too, was amazed at the clarity of the dark disk against
    > the
    > backdrop of the sun. Made it worthwhile to get up that early. Then I
    > woke
    > my wife and asked her if she wanted to see it. "Is it spectacular she
    > asked?".  Well not particularly, however, it ain't going to happen
    > again
    > in our lifetime so you can at least tell people that you saw it.
    >
    > Went back to sleep and got up again at 6AM to catch the last bit. By
    > 0715, the disk was just taking a nip out of the right hand side of the
    > sun, then it was over.
    >
    > Quite an interesting sight I must say. And thanks again to Frank for
    > his
    > reminder. I have been so engrossed in trying to get my boat ready these
    > days that I would have completely forgotten about it and would have
    > been
    > severely ticked off at missing it.
    >
    > Robert
    >
    >
    >> It has been drought here in southern NSW, Australia. Total of 40mm of
    > rain in the last 6 months, crystal clear days and nights, week after
    > week
    > as we slip into winter.
    >>
    >> Today, low cloud, building and breaking during the day. The transit
    > commenced around 3.14.33pm local time (EST)....heavy cloud blocked all
    > view.
    >>
    >> Intermittent rays of sunshine for the next hour and a bit. Teasing.
    >>
    >> Then at around 4.20pm, the clouds around the sun cleared for a little
    > less than  5 minutes. Only time enough to take in the phenomena.  An
    > absolutely brilliant view of the transit through my sextant telescope
    > and
    > shades. While I had looked at animations of the transit, I had not
    > expected the shape of venus to be so "definite" on the sun's surface.
    >>
    >> At 4.30 the sun disappeared completely behind clouds and then the
    >> local
    > hills.
    >>
    >> So, how did others fare?
    >>
    >> Lee Martin
    >> 
    >> 
    >> 
    >> 
    >> 
    >> 
    >> 
    >> 
    It has been drought here in southern NSW, >> Australia. Total of 40mm of rain in the last 6 months, crystal clear > days and >> nights, week after week as we slip into winter.
    >>
    >>
    Today, low cloud, building and breaking > during the >> day. The transit commenced around 3.14.33pm local time (EST)....heavy > cloud >> blocked all view.
    >>
    >>
    Intermittent rays of sunshine for the >> next > hour and >> a bit. Teasing.
    >>
    >>
    Then at around 4.20pm, the clouds around > the sun >> cleared for a little less than 5 minutes. Only time enough to take in >> the phenomena. An absolutely brilliant view of the transit through my >> sextant telescope and shades. While I had looked at animations of the > transit, I >> had not expected the shape of venus to be so "definite" on the sun's >> surface.
    >>
    >>
    At 4.30 the sun disappeared completely > behind >> clouds and then the local hills.
    >>
    >>
    So, how did others fare?
    >>
    >>
    Lee Martin
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