Yesterday afternoon approximately 30 people over a four-hour period showed up at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club (HMBYC) to view on the club’s flat screen a Webcast by NASA of the Transit of Venus across the Sun.
Half Moon Bay resident and HMBYC member John Simons, who takes an interest in all things astronomy and cosmology, was there to watch and answer any questions.
Simons also brought his pinhole camera and had a “welders mask with a No. 14 filter, too,” he said. “We could see a three-inch image of the sun with Venus and sunspots clearly visible.”
The highlight of the Webcast, said Simons, was watching the Transit of Venus from the top of Mount Mauna Kea, Hawaii, through NASA’s partnership with the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.
You can see the Webcast here. The Webcast event ran through the entirety of the Transit of Venus, beginning June 5, 2012, at 9:45 p.m. UTC (11:45 a.m. local Hawaiian time or 2:45 p.m. PST).
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