Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Well, We'll Be Ready For The Next One

Sometime last year I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't go back to sleep. I've found that if I turn the tv on to something quiet and droning I can usually go back to sleep; however, most nighttime tv programming involves stupid boring shows with LOUD commercials.

The trick is to find something that is so quiet and droning that no one would want to advertise on it. Flipping through the programming list I came to the NASA channel. Ooh, that sounds perfect!

It's quiet and droning...with no commercials...and completely fascinating. I watched for hours. I am now completely hooked on the International Space Station, follow NASA tweets and was sooo looking forward to watching the Transit of Venus.



I'd even found a perfect place to watch. You never know what you'll find out in the middle of a farm in Kentucky!



Here we are getting a brief lesson on what he would be doing and what we'd be seeing...IF IT WASN'T COMPLETELY CLOUDY!!!



Sigh.



After checking and rechecking the radar, we disbanded.



But of course the sun peaked out for a few seconds just about the time we got home.



Luckily Mr. Science was there and we quickly assembled a viewing stand.



And with not enough time to really even focus, we did get a brief look at Venus. It's the tiny dot near the point of the arrow (click to biggify). Pretty cool.

So, the next time Venus rolls around (2117 ;-), we'll be ready.

I'll make pancakes!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Transit Venus event was amazing and glad we had the opportunity to see and share with everyone. The Crazysheeplady is amazing also. Who know she could make pancakes.
RC

Shirley said...

Totally cloudy here. NASA is probably the only way a lot of folks got to see it.

Alice said...

Lucky you!!! All I could enjoy were pictures from NASA. Good to know a Priority Mail box is good for something other than losing my packages ;-)

Maureen said...

It was bright and sunny here, but I didn't want to risk it... obviously I was not prepared. I just saw the pics online.

Make some pancakes for me; I'll join you next time ;)

small farm girl said...

How cool is that?!!!!! Oh, and I want pancakes too. lol

Far Side of Fifty said...

Very cool..I missed it too. I have watched the NASA Channel too..you are right no commercials:)

Ed said...

Sooooooooooo Cool! I missed it and I missed the eclipse..I'm totally bummed out! Keep your eye to the sky, you never know what you will see..:-)

Terry said...

Way cool!

Terry said...

PS - my brother took 300 photos! Gasp!
http://www.slas.us/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=5115

gowestferalwoman said...

The bride went out on a prebachelorette afternoon lunch party (there seems to be lots) and one of her bridesmaids took her out of the club, they drove to an artists welding studio, and in their cute little outfits were wearing welding shields looking at the sun...

I need to go out to lunch next time they ask me if i can go to Billings LOL

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