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Mass Transit…

June 5, 2012

Once every hundred years or so, the planet Venus passes in front of the sun from the earth’s point of view. Today was such an event, due to take about seven hours to complete the crossing. Venus is 67 million miles from the sun, compared to about 93 million for the Earth. Luckily, the clouds parted to allow this spectacle to be photographed. A number of sunspots are also visible in the center section (these are lower temperature areas caused by magnetic disturbances). Mark your calendars now for the next occurrence, due in 2117.

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  1. June 13, 2012 7:38 pm

    What a fine job you did, Frank! We were driving from Omaha to northern Minnesota and the sun was very diffused by thick & hazy clouds and the passage was not visible. I was counting on you to come through!

    • Frank Wallace permalink*
      June 13, 2012 8:28 pm

      Thanks Gary. And condolences to you on the loss of your mother.

      • June 30, 2012 11:55 pm

        Thanks, from my heart, Frank. She lives on within me.

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