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Showing posts from November, 2012

Transit of Venus

On the day that Venus was visible transiting the sun (June, 2012), I took an afternoon off work - and my son actually had the day off school - the idea being that we were going to go to the observatory on Auckland's Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill), in the hope that we would be able to use one of their flash telescopes to view the event.

I wanted my son to be able to see the event especially. I clearly remember my dad waking me up at about 4:00am one fine night in 1986 to see Halley's comet. I wondered what the hell was going on - we were standing on the driveway of my grandparents home in Birkenhead looking at the sky with a pair of binoculars in our dressing gowns. I distinctly remember thinking that it was relatively warm for the dead of night.

Sure enough though, we eventually found the comet. I've done a quick comb of the web looking for images that somewhat resemble my memory - closest I can find is this one:


It was …