Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not.
Both are equally terrifying.

— Arthur C. Clarke



The upcoming Transit of Venus is getting a lot of press - if you are looking to purchase a solar filter or "eclipse shades" to view the event you are unfortunately too late and out of luck. All the vendors we've seen are sold out or backlogged until after the transit (largely due to the big solar eclipse that was visible out west a few weeks ago).

Getting Out When Its Clear

If you haven't been out to see Venus and Mercury at their closest now is the time.  The night is clear, looking west from a clear western horizon, stretch out your arm and about 1 1/2 - 2 fist high you will see Venus.  Of course you can see it clearly since it is very bright.  Now if you know the distance of the two outer stars of Orions Belt, they are just over 2 and nearly 3 degrees apart.  Venus and Mercury are just over three degrees apart, with Mercury to the right of Venus at a 0.2 magnitude.  Venus is at -3.9 magnitude considerably brighter.  The next we

December 1, 2008, Moon, Jupiter and Venus

December 1, 2008, Moon, Jupiter and Venus

I don't remember the settings. I setup the digital camera on a tripod, shutoff the flash, and turned on the selftimer. This one the ISO was probably set at 100.