Note: (added June 10, 2004):
I did something like 35 live television interviews for the transit, and a couple are
KUSA Denver, and
MSNBC. If either of those links
doesn't work, try doing a search on "Venus" on the respective
websites. I was able to sneak out between interviews to see the transit
myself, with the help of my friend Tom Bridgman. He had a filtered camera with a telephoto
set up, and a pair of filtered glasses too. With the glasses,
I could just make out the tiny dot of Venus
on the edge of the Sun, bare minutes before the end of the transit. It was
amazing! The telephoto showed it clearly as a black disk. Seeing that was
truly astounding. I can't wait for the next one in 2012!
And with that, here is the original transit page I put up just a few
days before the event.
On June 8, 2004, the planet Venus will do something no living human has ever
seen: it will pass directly in front of the Sun.
This event is like a mini-eclipse, with the dark disk of Venus taking
about 6 hours to cross the face of the Sun. Because of the size and distance
of the planet, it will appear to be about 1/30th the diameter of the Sun, crossing
at a shallow chord along the southern limb of our nearest star.
There are already a zillion websites with more info than I could
ever hope to convey, so instead of going into details of the transit
I'll simply list the links below. Most of those sites
have details on how to safely observe the transit, where you can see the transit, and
Ironically, I probably won't see it: I'll be in Washington, DC doing a series of live
television interviews about the transit! Below is a table of the times for the interviews
and the TV stations (with links if I could find 'em). As I write this, 30 stations
have confirmed! The interviews start at 6:00 a.m. Eastern (US) time, which my body will think
is 3:00 a.m., so I expect to be groggy and semi-delirious. It should make for an
Alert! (as of June 7, 2004):
The following list was updated and should be complete. There may still
be some additions at the last minute, but I won't be able to update this