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    Re: My View of the Transit of Venus
    From: John Kabel
    Date: 2004 Jun 8, 08:38 -0400

    A good view of the planet and Sun through haze at about 0630 with my
    Astra IIIB and telescope sight, and dark filters.  The transit was
    perhaps two-three planet diameters from done.  I did see a website with
    some math, for those interested:
    
    http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/sunearthday/2004/2004images/VT_Activity3.p
    df
    
    The next transit will be visible in its entirety from much of Western
    Canada; how many of us will remember how to handle sextants then?
    
    John Kabel
    London, ON  Canada
    
    >
    > 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
    > weekas 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 fora 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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