Transit of Venus: Not Too Exciting
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Venus Between the sun and some clouds 太陽と雲の間の金星  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl,
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Between the sun and some clouds

Not too exciting, but there's the view from Kyoto.

Using my naked eye with eclipse sun-glasses, I can just make out that there's something there, if I know where to look and look carefully. It's a bit easier as the planet moves further in from the edge, but I wonder how on earth people ever noticed these things in ancient times.

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Only clouds in my part of the world (Québec, Canada) today. You know in ancien time they did not have TV or Internet so they may had more time then us to look at the sky 🙂 Just a supposition! 🙂

— comment by Pesc on June 6th, 2012 at 10:09am JST (12 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

About the same here in Korea. Fortunately the clouds broke enough in the middle of the day to get a clear shot!

Obvious that the ancients wouldn’t have seen a transit like this, I’m more interested though who were the first that tracked the planet’s movement at dawn and dusk and realized that when it disappeared in the daylight that it might actually be passing IN FRONT of the sun, then calculated when it would happen. Math… has never been a strong point.

— comment by JasonP on June 7th, 2012 at 6:10am JST (12 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

in Venezuela we saw only a part of it. at sunset =( but there it is:

— comment by tonyarrj on June 9th, 2012 at 11:10pm JST (12 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink
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