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The Transit of Venus

A break from financial services for a minute to highlight an important astronomical event: the transit of Venus. I was darned unhappy to leave Auckland Airport this morning by car instead of flying down to Christchurch. However, that has meant that I have been able to watch an event that Captain Cook travelled around the globe to witness - the transit of Venus. Wearing the special specs procured for the purpose from Auckland's Planetarium, of course, I have been taking a look.

About 15 minutes ago Venus, despite having a diameter of a little over 12,000 kilometres, was the merest hint of a dent in the Sun's edge between the positions of about 5pm and 6pm - as I write (11am in New Zealand) it is a definite black dot.

A couple of links:

The Wired Feed

Wikipedia

Stardome's live feed

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