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    Posted June 6, 2012 by
    Honolulu, Hawaii
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    Transit of Venus

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    Venus Transit in Honolulu, Hawaii


    A great celestial event which will not return until 2117



    I am a true kitchen astronomer. I was too tired from the long travel to visit the fantastic observatory of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, so I got creative. I blackened with a candle two pieces of glasses (please don't try it! I burned my fingers and almost sat up the fire alarm in my high-rise building) and then I did many many trials to take picture of the sun. Bad and even worse ones. They are just too embarrassing to show! But finally I managed to combine the two blackened glasses and a magnifying glasses a front of my camera lens with full zoom and I got one halfway decent picture. All others look like the sun turned into a big potato. i still try to scratch off of the camera the residue of the soot. As I tried to look through the glasses myself, I  turned into an instant chimney sweeper. But I was so glad to see the transit of the Venus a front of the Sun and it made me realize the incredible dimensions of our solar system.  Venus which is is a gas giant, the sixth-largest planet in the solar system after Jupiter; Saturn; Neptune; Uranus; Earth; The planet is named after Venus the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Even with a diameter of 7520.8 miles (the Earth has a diameter of 7900 miles), it looks like as a little speck a front of the Sun. Thank You: PuakeaJutka



    Photo by Jutka T. Emoke Barabas in Honolulu, Hawaii June 5, 2012

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