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Venus (Read 695 times)

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    It is pea soup here in Seattle.

     

    Y'all let me know how it is.

     


    I'm back!

      Managed to just barely discern it through a projected pinhole. Verified it was supposed to be where I saw it.

        Uranus.  Hahaha.

         

        (Pea soup here too.)

        Runners run.

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          Managed to just barely discern it through a projected pinhole. Verified it was supposed to be where I saw it.

           

          You make it sound so exciting!

           

          In other news, here's a joke from 4th grade.  Actually, it is one of those statement/response things.

           

          "After I say something, you say 'pea soup'. Ok?"

          "ok"

           

          "What did you eat for breakfast?"

          "pea soup"

           

          "What did you eat for lunch?"

          "pea soup"

           

          "What did you eat for dinner?"

          "pea soup"

           

          "What did you do all night?"

          "pea soup"

           

           

          Oh what fun we had.

           


          Imminent Catastrophe

             

            It cleared just long enough in GA.

            "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

             "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

            "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

             

            √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

            Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

            Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014


            I'm back!

              You make it sound so exciting! 

               

              Actually it was. Seeing it via a plain pinhole in paper is not easy; there are much better ways, but my astronomy stuff is all packed up. I jury-rigged a chair, a table, a magazine, a sheet of paper with a pinhole, a big box, a small box, and more sheets of paper, closed all the blinds I could, and finally convinced myself I saw a definite spot in a certain location, just before the sun went behind the neighboring building. I was able to map the projected location of the dot onto an equatorial map of the sun's disk, and match it up to NASA's predicted position, correcting for UT/PDT, confirming the observation. 

               

              Or you could just hold up some glass with optical density 5 or so and look through it.

               

              Which way is more fun?

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                Dude, reading that was super DUPER fun.

                 


                I'm back!

                  My home-made pinhole telescope.

                   


                  A Dance with Monkeys

                    The NPR story made me giggle.

                     

                    In the story, the NPR reporter states that Yohannes Keppler predicted the transit of venus in December 1631, but died a year before he could see it.  Jeremiah Horrocks saw it, then predicted and saw the followup transit of 1639, but died less than 2 years later. The reporter goes on to state: "lest you think the transit is bad luck, plenty of others have watched since then with no apparent ill effects. In fact…the transits of 1761 and 1769 drew a huge following."

                     

                    Well, it is a known fact that every single individual who witnessed the transits in 1631, 1639, 1761 and 1769 is DEAD.

                     

                    Doing a little research on the internet, I found that there were also transits in 1874 and 1882. Guess what? Yep. All the witnesses are DEAD.

                     

                    Not bad luck? I don't think so.


                    I fear for those who witnessed today's transit, as well as those who saw it in 2004.  I fear deeply.  This will not turn out well.


                    Imminent Catastrophe

                       


                      I fear for those who witnessed today's transit, as well as those who saw it in 2004.  I fear deeply.  This will not turn out well.

                       

                      Correlation is not causation...

                       

                      I hope.

                      "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

                       "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

                      "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

                       

                      √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

                      Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

                      Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014


                      A Dance with Monkeys

                        Perhaps. But we have a compelling pattern.

                         

                        The first 6 that were witnessed, EVERY witness is dead.

                         

                        The seventh? Witnesses are already dying off.

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                          Ok

                          My home-made pinhole telescope.

                           

                           

                          How many Claris boxes do you possess?

                           


                          I'm back!

                            Lots. Some of them still have products in them. The giant storefront display box, not so much.


                            Imminent Catastrophe

                              Perhaps. But we have a compelling pattern.

                               

                              The first 6 that were witnessed, EVERY witness is dead.

                               

                              The seventh? Witnesses are already dying off.

                               

                              Well, I witnessed the 2004 transit and I can confirm that I will die someday so you are correct. Damn, if I had only known. 

                              "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

                               "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

                              "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

                               

                              √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

                              Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

                              Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014

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