Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Sky Watch at the Top of the World
The planet Venus made a slow transit across the face of the sun, the last such passing that will be visible from Earth for 105 years.
Mart made a pinhole paddle and I dug up this old pair of suntanning goggles from back in the 70's.
Transits of Venus happen in pairs, eight years apart, with more than a century between cycles. During Tuesday's pass, Venus took the form of a small black dot slowly shifting across the northern hemisphere of the sun
Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!
Later after the sun set we all placed our bets on which spot on the horizon the Strawberry moon would rise.