:sun: Two weeks ago we inaugurated the Dennis Observatory (our backyard) and watched the solar eclipse with a Cheerio box pinhole projector.
Today we’re back at the Dennis Observatory and Solar Laundry Service (95 degrees with a 12 mph wind dries your clothes really fast). This time watching the Venus Transit with a bit more sophisticated technology – binoculars duct taped to a tripod with a piece of card stock covering one side of the binoculars.
Everyone has been saying that this is a once-in-a-life-time event (well, the pair of transits is, it happens in pairs 8 years apart and then 105 years later). But that doesn’t impress Brett a whole lot. He says once-in-a-life-time events happen every day. I still appreciate that he at least pretends to be excited about astronomical events with me. Of course, in two weeks we have the equinox which is a very special astronomical event in our family.
Check back later when I upload photos we take of the transit from our observatory.
We teamed up with NASA Edge in Hawaii to watch their live broadcast of the transit as well. Brett came home and asked me what I was watching with my lap top out in our observatory and I told him I was “watching them watch this (the transit) in Hawaii.” Their telescope is a little bigger than ours so they got this image:
In their image you can see some tiny dots that are sun spots, in addition to Venus. We can see them with our set-up too but our camera system isn’t good enough to get a photo of them from Dennis Observatory. But trust me, they’re there. And I find it beyond cool that we can see sun spots in our backyard.
Here are the two astronomers at the Dennis Observatory.
Some of the images we were able to get.