My youngest sister works in the astronomy department of the Creation Museum. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have heard of the transit of Venus, much less run around town looking for a good place to watch it. (You see, our house is situated smack up against the hills on the west side, so by 5 or so the sun is down behind the hills. ) She sent us special dark glasses to look at the sun so we’d be able to see Venus crossing over without burning our eyes out. It was cloudy at 6 when it started and there wasn’t much to see until nearly 7:30 when the clouds finally cleared away… and then… we all dramatically draw out of dark glasses that look like FBI agent crossed with old-school 3D glasses, and gaze full into the face of the sun… to see…
Not much. We all stared a good five minutes before we decided the tiny speck was indeed what we were looking for. There she is. Venus. I guess we were expecting something more like an eclipse, but then is would have been called an eclipse, wouldn’t it?
Venus is roughly the same size as earth, so this can give you a touch of an idea of the size of the sun compared to us. And the sun is one of the smaller stars… the magnificence of creation! If you ever meander on through northern KY you really must stop at the Creation Museum and get tickets to their planetarium show. You will never look at stars the same way again.
A friend just put up this picture from NASA. Pretty cool.