Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Events | NYC, Transit of Venus


When my Astronomy Magazine articles arrived on e-mail  I was so excited to see that a major celestial event was about to happen on June 5, 2012.  Planet Venus is transiting the sun between 6 and 8:30 pm EDT.  

I, being a painter, have always been interested in anything to do with natural phenomena relating to earth, sky and water.  After much probing I found out that Columbia people would be located on W.125th St. and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. with telescopes and viewing tubes.  

Being a Pisces, (one with a raised eyebrow when it comes to Astrology), I am naturally going to be so happy to join in this event, which is the planet associated with Pisces. For an astrology cynic, I can't help talking in astrological terms almost as a way of life, because it is so fascinating.  Astronomy, on the other hand, does appeal more to the left side of my brain. Astronomy/Astrology......what the heck....it's definitely reason for celebration. 

At the viewing site there was definitely a sense of anticipation, as we got a sneak preview of the sun trying to break out from the cloud cover. We received our gift of special solar glasses, and waited around until the clouds parted and lo and behold, indeed a tiny black dot at one o'clock on the sun, appeared in all it's glory. The crowd was irrepressible as limited amounts of glasses were shared by all, and two telescopes with solar lenses were set up.  People lined up, and patiently waited their turn...for love of Venus.
Thea Bass