Eclipse data

Xavier M. Jubier runs a web site listing five millennia’s worth of data on solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, and transits, both past and future. Database searches, tables, and maps — oh my!

The next total solar eclipse (pictured), which occurs on July 2, 2019, might be a little difficult to experience.

2012 Venus Transit

Venus passed in front of the sun today.

It was quite an event. My neighbor had a long box with a pinhole for projecting the image for his daughters. Then he brought out his Meade Maksutov telescope and camera.

Neighbors walking and biking by stopped to look and talk. I learned the Hindi name for Venus is “Shukra.”

2012 Venus Transit of Sun

I also took a video. I was amazed at how quickly the sun moved across the cardboard.