Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Transit of Venus Was a Bust For Us
Here we are at the top of the sledding hill at Firestone Metro Park, where there was supposed to have been a gathering organized by the Astronomy Club of Akron. You can see the rainy, hazy, overcast weather behind us. I had spent the afternoon cleaning up the telescope (it was pretty dusty from not having been used in a while) and hunting down all of the relevant accessories for it. We loaded it in the car and headed out, hoping it would clear up for at least a few moments but gave up after standing around looking at the sky for an hour or so. Monkey did have a good time - he found another little kid to run around and play with, so he was perfectly content. So the scope got to go for a ride in the car, and I got to visit a local scenic spot I hadn't been to before, but alas - not a single peep at Venus. I was disappointed, but it also made me feel even luckier for getting to see it 8 years ago.