Can you see Venus through the clouds?

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Saturday 21 April 2018 - Saturday night: Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low plus 2. Sunday: Mainly sunny. High 15. UV index 5 or moderate. Sunday night: Clear. Low plus 1. Monday: Sunny. High 19. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 3. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 19. Tuesday night: Clear. Low plus 5. Wednesday: Sunny. High 20. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 6. Thursday: Sunny. High 21. Thursday night: Clear. Low 7. Friday: Sunny. High 19.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    5.3° C
    -1.8 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    103.1 kPa
    rising
    Wind
    NNW1 km/h
    gusting 0.0 km/h
    Humidity
    89 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    NA° C
    Heat Index
    6.3° C
    Dewpoint
    3.7° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 23:25:00 PDT
    Station Reports Delayed
    10 minutes
    Showing Nearest Official Station

    Observed at: Port Alberni 10:00 PM PDT Saturday 21 April 2018
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    2.3 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    05:40
    Moon Phase
    Waxing crescent (43% full)
    Civil Set
    20:56
    Day Length
    13:17:51
    Day High
    11.7° C @ 16:52 Tdy.
    Day Low
    5.9° C @ 03:15 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    3.3mm/hr @ 00:20 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    103.07 kPa @ 22:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.62 kPa @ 00:15 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    3.7° C @ 05:55 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    11.7° C @ 16:52 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 21.6km/h @ 15:00 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1187W/m2 @ 12:01 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    5.2 @ 13:39 Tdy.

Today is a very special day!

Today the planet Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun. As I heard yesterday on the CBC, this is a very rare event, the next time it happens will not be for another 105 years.

It’s also one of the most important events astronomically because it was one of these events in the 1700s that provided the chance for scientists to create an accurate model of our solar system using observations of this event from people around the world including Explorer James Cook and some (relatively) simple geometry.

But it all depends on the weather once the transit starts around 3:30PM our time!

The bad news is today is going to be rather cloudy. The good news is that if it clears up anywhere on the West Coast of BC, our area is at the top of the list as a small ridge builds in before another system bringing more rain comes tomorrow.

So keep your eyes on the skies, but don’t look at the sun directly! . If you have a pair of solar eclipse glasses then those will work. A #14 welder mask will work too, but nothing less!

Easiest thing to do is to find good size rectangular box… Poke a hole in one end, cut a small hole in the side so you can see the back of the box, aim the hole at the sun, and you’ll see the sun projected on the back!

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There are more ways listed here!

http://www.transitofvenus.org/june2012/eye-safety

The best way might still be to watch one of the many Live Broadcasts.

Have fun