This video shows the transit of Venus across the surface of the sun from a number of different angles and settings. It’s enthralling stuff.
It’s enthralling while being completely boring. With a powerful telescope you can see a level of detail that makes the whole thing feel real and truly come to life, but most people aren’t using telescopes.
For those viewing the Venus transit using the pinhole card method it’s nothing more exciting than a small black dot creeping slowly across a bigger, brighter ball. But still.
This 2012 Venus transit is the last for another 105 years, so those interested in seeing it need to have taken their chance to do so. Unless there’s a major breakthrough in defying old age we’ll all be dead the next time it happens.
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