At Home Science: Venus Crosses the Sun

In our house, science comes before pretty much everything else. When an opportunity to see something that truly is "once in a lifetime" pops up, we jump at it. Enter the Venus transit, something my kids, wife and I will never get to see again, (unless medical science increase human life expectancy by a few decades really soon). After dinner tonight we got the binoculars out and held some paper up to the lens to see if we could spot the specks of sun spots and Venus on that disc. It was pretty neat to share that with the kids, so I upped it. I pulled out my telescope and was able to project the image onto an 8.5×11 inch sheet of paper, bigger that a softball. We all sat and looked for a few minutes, the wife and I shot some pictures, before the kids lost interest. They may not have known how great it was to see, but later in life when they’re hopefully more appreciative of these things (you can’t fault a 3 and 6 year old for not being overwhelmed by the event), they’ll remember that I dragged them out to look at a piece of paper with a picture of the sun on it.

Projecting the Image onto Paper

Projecting the Image onto Paper

My Telescope

My Telescope

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