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WCAX Venus Transit Viewing PKG, 6/4/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — June 4, 2012

A big event is happening in the astronomy world tomorrow. And it’s the last chance most of us (let’s be real… unless they develop some groundbreaking anti-aging technology in the next few decades, ALL of us) will have to see it.

It’s called the Venus Transit, and its orbit cycle, combined with ours, means that this event won’t happen again until 105 years from now… or 2117.

The problem for many people is how to view the event, since looking at the sun is out of the question. That’s where I got to be a reporter and go do a piece on exactly how you can. It aired this morning on my show in the 5 and 6 hours.

And the short version for the 8:25 cut-in:

So the bottom line is… I’m willing to stay WAY up past my bedtime tomorrow to see this, so the skies had better be clear! (Which is not looking likely at this point, but we can all hope…)

And I also did the morning webcast:

A pretty good day overall, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow evening!

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UPDATE 6/8/12: I did get to see the Venus Transit! The clouds cleared just long enough to give us beautiful glimpses of the event! Here are some pictures:

Venus is the black dot in the top left corner of the projection of the sun.

Me viewing the transit at Dorset St. Park in South Burlington. The binoculars were modified to be solar-viewing-safe.

Stayed up WAY past my bedtime, but was geeking out the whole time!

It was a fantastic experience. No regrets for losing a whole lot of sleep that night!

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Written by Cat Viglienzoni

June 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

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