The Transit of Venus: A Personal View
Discovery News Space Editor Ian O’Neill on last night’s historic event:
For me, one of the highlights was to set up the live video feed to chat with ESA Venus Express scientists who had gathered on the Arctic island of Svalbard. They showed us the frozen scene outside UNIS — the world’s most northern university — while I jibed them about our 80 degree weather and impressive suntans. Having lived and studied at that same location in my Masters year in 2002, that conversation held a special meaning.
But the AWB video feed was just one of countless others around the globe, bringing the world together in a celebration of a Venus transit that no people alive today (barring a few lucky infants who won’t likely remember this transit anyway) will ever see again. It was this global “togetherness” that gave me goosebumps.
Images: Top: Taken through a telescope with my iPhone camera. Bottom: Taken late in the day with my Nikon Coolpix. Special thanks to Kevin LeGore of Woodland Hills Telescope and Focus for lending me his excellent telescope! Credit: Ian O’Neill/Discovery News