Jun
05
2012

  Saved by Clouds!

The media (at least what I read and hear on the radio) have been going on and on about the transit of Venus, and how tonight was the only time we will be able to see it in our lifetime. That is, if we have the correct viewing equipment.

I briefly considered going to the field where the university astronomy department had stuff set up for the public, but since the viewing wouldn't start until 6:30 pm, it would already be after M's bedtime. And the baby would rather get to sleep properly than be kept out late for this, I know. That still left W who will not likely get another chance to see the transit of Venus.

With the public viewing ruled out, I considered how I would view the transit from home. I read about how to use binoculars, cardboard, poster board, a tripod, and duct tape to project a magnified image of the sun that would be safe to look at. And while I figured W would be underwhelmed, at least I could take a photo of him viewing the transit, which he would then appreciate when he's older.

But I didn't feel lke putting the viewing-thing together after we got home from running errands this afternoon. And in retrospect I'm glad I didn't bother, since it was overcast the whole time. We never even got a sliver of sunshine the whole time of the transit. I took a peek at an image streamed live online so I could say I "saw" it, but I don't really understand the point of watching live remotely. Might as well just watch the recording at my leisure, at any point later in my life.

But because the clouds made it impossible for anyone here to view directly, I have done no worse for my kids than any overachieving mom, despite being a relative slacker mom. Thank you clouds, for leveling the playing field. Now as long as I don't mention it, and neither boy majors in astronomy, odds are they'll never even know what they missed.