VENUS! VENUS! LAST CHANCE! VENUS!

I did BE BETTER BASKET: Challenge #1 tonight and was utterly rewarded.

Sorry about the image quality, this is the best I could do i’m afraid. Note to self: book into a photography course and tick it off the Carpe Diem List.

I looked up to the sky and saw not only the glorious stars; but also the Earth’s shadow falling on the moon in a partial Lunar Eclipse. What a lovely surprise and a truly beautiful spectacle.

After much frustration at myself for leaving my “stalker” lens at home and because I don’t know enough about photography to be able to take a decent picture of the moon; I went back inside and googled “Moon” “Tonight” to discover several things.

Firstly, that this was the first Lunar Eclipse of 2012; secondly, that a moon in June is called a Strawberry moon by some; and finally that in the next couple of days one of the rarest predictable Astronomical events is occurring!!!!

What is this event I ask so excitedly?!?!

Well (I say in a matter of fact tone); it turns out that Venus will be passing directly between the Sun and the Earth this week! This means that we mere Earthlings will be able to see Venus throughout the day as it passes by!

Picture from wikepedia

The exciting thing about this for me is the rarity! The Transit of Venus will not happen again until 11 Dec 2117.

What appeals to me about this sort of occurrence is how incredibly little it makes the world seem. It’s exciting to think that we will be able to see another planet in the solar system so clearly. It’s also comforting to know that no matter where anyone is sitting in the world this is something that can be seen by all. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, this is an event beyond any control or interference from any living person. It’s an equaliser.

There’s a lovely song written by James Horner, Barry mann and Cynthia Weil called Somewhere Out There. I remember it from a Disney movie called An American Tail that Big Bro and I loved as children.

The chorus goes:

And even though I know how very far apart we are,

It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star.

And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby,

It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky.

Whenever I’m away from home and missing those I love I hum this to myself and feel better. I think that if I ever end up having children of my own I will sing them this each night as a lullaby.

So, enough with the mushy stuff…. For those of you who want to see Venus this week it’ll be happening on Tuesday or Wednesday depending on where you are in the world. If you head to this website you should be able to get details.

Happy Venus watching everyone!

Truth and adventure till the Last page, stay safe

Kazzabee x

2 thoughts on “VENUS! VENUS! LAST CHANCE! VENUS!

  1. Another great post. FYI
    The first voyage of James Cook was a combined Royal Navy and Royal Society expedition to the south Pacific ocean aboard HMS Endeavour, from 1768 to 1771. The aims of the expedition were to observe the 1769 transit of Venus across the Sun (3–4 June of that year), and to seek evidence of the postulated Terra Australis Incognita or “unknown southern land”.

    And here is a great word: gibbous

    “The new moon with the old moon in his arm” is an astrological phenomenon rather than a vision – the Moon in its waxing gibbous Moon phase where the gibbous part is illuminated slightly by Earthshine (reflected sunlight from the Earth). Thus, the bright crescent (“new moon”) wraps around and “holds in its arms” the dim gibbous part (“old moon”).

    Discovered journals reoccur; moons are invariably “gibbous” and horrors “eldritch”.

    And finally here is a great phrase to describe humanity. Humans are the way the universe understands itself. Small physically maybe, but incredibly important and incredibly rare–yes.

    • Whilst it may be an astrological phenomenon, I really do enjoy the vision that “The new moon with the old moon in his arm” conjures. I might draw a picture. Thank you. =)

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