qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

I had in my hand a piece of paper ...

Two pieces, in fact. One with a pinhole. But I saw no black dot, only a big bright round Sun. Ho hum. Perhaps the Transit of Venus is part of a global conspiracy, like the Moon landings?

Also, perhaps it's far easier to direct and focus a pinhole camera when you can see very plainly what you're looking for. I had much better success during the Solar eclipse of 1999 (Reading had 97% totality).

To be honest, the really spectacular thing to me is the accuracy to which such events can be predicted - and have been since the dawn of history (at least for the Solar phenomenon). I seem to remember doing some spherical trigonometry in the first year astronomy course at university, and my head hurt.
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