I tried to view the transit (I'm in NJ), but just couldn't see it. I made a pinhole projector, but the image was too small to see Venus against the sun (same setup has worked fine for solar eclipses in the past). I went back inside and got my welding hood, but it wasn't dark enough to allow me to see any detail (it's a number 10).
Due to trees behind my house to the west, I had to go stand out in the street to see the sun. I dragged my daughter out with me to try to see this once in a lifetime event, and she spent the whole time telling me I looked ridiculous. I guess it is kinda weird to see a guy in the middle of the street wearing a welding hood.
When I was a kid, I was pretty enthusiastic about Venus and looked to it as a great resource for humanity.
Over the years though, I came to understand that it wasn't really a steamy jungle planet populated by scantily-clad amazons, half-mad with desire because all of the Venusian males had gone metro and could no longer perform.
Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that it's uninhabited, hot enough to melt lead there, and it rains acid most of the time!
Well, that was it for me and Venus. - After I found that out, it wasn't nearly as interesting as it had been before.
73 DE Charles, N5PVL
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