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Watching the transit of Venus

Quite a crowd showed up in Lot 2 yesterday afternoon to watch the transit of Venus. Geology graduate student John Peterson had set up his telescope, with a special solar filter, and invited others to come and watch.

Peterson, in white panama, with his telescope.

 

 

 

 

Many people took pictures through the telescope with cameras and cell phones. Here’s mine:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peterson lending his filter to CBS-13 so that they can get a live shot of the transit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate student Spider Vetter said that she wanted to dress up for the once-in-a-lifetime occasion. As Lady Gaga, complete with solar viewing glasses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But who was the man in the white shirt and sunglasses slipping away after asking Peterson about sunspots? He looked awfully familiar…hmmm.

 

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