June 2004 Transit of Venus, a photo by colin.jagoe on Flickr.
Taken in June 2004, during the first Transit of Venus in over 100 years. We set up our solar telescopes outside the high school, and were joined by a group of intrepid students and teachers for this twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
If the clouds co-operate tomorrow, we’ll have the 2nd of those two chances, and none alive now will get to see the next one. Unless the singularity happens and we are all living heads on robot bodies. Only then we may have a chance to see another.
Just like seeing a solar eclipse, you can’t look at the sun, you need eclipse glasses, or a special filter for the FRONT of a telescope to block most of the light. Be safe out there!