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Wordless Wednesday: Transit of Venus

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I couldn’t sit back and NOT see something that only comes through every 105 years. So I got off of my duff, drove down to Oklahoma City to the Oklahoma Science Museum to see the Transit of Venus

They passed out these Eclipse Shades. Apparently they made way too many for the 1994 Annular Solar Eclipse.

Boy, do those shades really work. It was an awesome view. (I wish I had those shades for the Annular Eclipse on May 20, 2012. I'm keeping those shades and using them again!)

This is what the daytime sky and sun look light through the Eclipse Shades. It was so beautiful!

It was nice crowd.  At first there were only 40 people or so, but by 5pm (my local time) folks came out of the woodwork.  So it was great day and turn out for a science outreach event in a parking lot on a very hot Oklahoma afternoon.

Special thanks to the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club. They set up the telescopes with solar filters and offered on the spot science outreach to everyone.  Volunteers Citizen Scientists like these make public events like this possible and no doubt inspire new scientists.

Someone set up a projection on the telescope.  How neat is this?!

Tiny dot at 1 o'clock on the white circle is Venus!!

The News crews were out. Unbeknownst to me, I was on the news. Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012 by NewsOK.

And a little music for the occasion
Venus by Bananarama

DNLee About the Author: DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups. Follow on Twitter @DNLee5.

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