UnderCover Waitress: Venus Transit 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Venus Transit 2012

This is totally off-topic, but sometimes, my friends, it is good to look up from the drudgery of everyday life and peek into the stars. We are living on a rock flying around in space, tied by a mysterious gravitational force to a ball of flaming gas, without whose light and warmth we would all soon perish.

Our very existence is unbelievable.

Last night, a rare occurrence was seen in the sky by those lucky enough to enjoy cloud-free weather. I stood on the roof of a local building equipped with two telescopes, but alas, clouds and rain laughed at me as they destroyed my last chance to directly witness Venus, which is closer to the sun than Earth, pass between the sun and our home planet. So, instead, I watched part of a live feed from Hawaii on a big screen.

Venus will not pass between Earth and sun again until 2117. I marvel at the fact that scientists can actually know this.

Take off the Dansko shoes, rub your feet, and look up. Take a deep breath and marvel at the majesty of the universes surrounding you as you fly through space. Enjoy this video from NASA that is in the public domain. Turn your speakers on; nature includes sound waves and sound waves make music. Enjoy; we are all insignificant specs of carbon matter. If we only knew what was out there...

http://youtu.be/4Z9rM8ChTjY




1 comment :

  1. I find myself thinking of that line from Shakespeare: "there are more things in heaven and on earth then are dreamed of in your philosophy..."

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