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Transit of Venus

As widely reported, last week there was a transit of Venus. It’s a rare event so I wisely decided to go check it out at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Unwisely, I attempted to get there on bike – but after a one hour battle with gravity I gave up, came home, showered, and drove.

Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley

Over there, they had a bunch of telescopes properly set up with filters and pointing to the Sun. Lines were long but brisk. If you missed it, this is what it looked like:

More photos, including the beautiful view of the bay:

Photo of the day #40: Wear sunscreen.

This guy drove a delivery truck for 28 years, so the sun hit him only on one side. Which side do you think it is? New England Journal of Medicine via Kottke.org.

Photo of the day #32: ISS

This is a photo from yesterday’s partial eclipse taken by Thierry Legault. In it, you can see the sun partially obscured by the moon and by none other than the International Space Station itself! Amazing timing. Click to zoom.