Venus Walking Schedule

Here’s a timeline and a review of Venus-Walking-Across-the-Face-of-the-Sun websites…

DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITHOUT INDUSTRIAL-GRADE EYE PROTECTION (such as a welder’s helmet – sunglasses won’t prevent blindness)

Her Firewalk begins four minutes after 3pm PDT, and ends 26 minutes after 9pm PDT.

The best viewing location is between Hawaii and Japan.  The second-best location is on the Internet – your neck won’t ache, and you won’t go blind besides.

NASA has a live webcast from the top of Mauna Kea on Hawaii, starting at fifteen minutes before 3pm PDT, at

http://sunearthday.gsfc.nasa.gov/webcasts/nasaedge/

Best of both worlds, eh?  Hawaii and no blindness!  It’s 10,000 feet up, though, so bring a sweater.

Third-best location would be floating many miles above the Planet, out beyond that pesky atmosphere that blurs things up so (bring Oxygen!).  They have a solar filter (so you can see more than a huge glare) and a still camera on the International Space Station, and they say they’ll be beaming live pictures to

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa_jsc_photo/7164346718/in/photostream/ or

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa_jsc_photo/7164346718/in/set-72157629649730820/

all day, though they don’t seem to have started yet.

NASA has its own real-time snapshot gallery, that’ll even automatically refresh if you allow such a thing (not a good practice, security-wise), at

http://spaceweather.com/gallery/?PHPSESSID=ti65d21eo1s3jkqmmvol85p426

and seems to have teamed up with some Sugar-Water company (ah, the business-government partnership!  I think they used to call that “National Socialism”) to create another live webcast from Oz and Mongolia (where the full Walking is visible) starting at half past 2pm PDT

http://www.ccssc.org/transit2012/transit2012Au.html

And there’s kindofa Venus-Walking Central at

http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=05&month=06&year=2012

Lemme know what works and what doesn’t.

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