Davidson College’s physics department had four telescopes out in front of the Chambers building Tuesday evening for the Venus Transit. The transit started about 6:04 p.m., with the first contact (Venus starts to enter the disk of the Sun) and then second contact (Venus completely in the disk of the Sun) at about 6:22 pm. We were out until 7:30 pm when the Sun became too low.
More than 150 people wandered by and witnessed the transit from in front of Chambers. It was partly cloudy from 6-6:30pm, but it was clear enough to witness most of Venus’s entry into the disk of the Sun. After 6:30, the clouds cleared yielding excellent views.
The last transit of Venus was 2004. There won’t be another until 2117.
– Mario Belloni, Davidson College
Also, read John Syme’s report from the Davidson College gathering, on Davidson College’s Daybook blog: “Chambermaids Welcome Cousin Venus.”
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