Fri. Nov 16th, 2018

Can you see Venus through the clouds?

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

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PST Friday 16 November 2018 - Friday: Mainly cloudy. High 10. UV index 1 or low. Friday night: Mainly cloudy. Low plus 4. Saturday: Clearing in the morning. High 8. UV index 1 or low. Saturday night: Clear. Low minus 1. Sunday: Sunny. High 7. Sunday night: Clear. Low minus 2. Monday: Sunny. High 7. Monday night: Clear. Low plus 1. Tuesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 8. Tuesday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5. Wednesday: Periods of rain. High 10. Wednesday night: Rain. Low 6. Thursday: Rain. High 10.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    10.9° C
    0.8 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.51 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    ENE 2.2 km/h
    gusting 20.9 km/h
    Humidity
    79 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    10.9° C
    Heat Index
    10.9° C
    Dewpoint
    7.4° C
    UV
    0.7
    Solar
    260 W/m2
    Last Updated: 9:35:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    06:55
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (61% full)
    Civil Set
    17:12
    Day Length
    12:04:02
    Day High
    11.1° C @ 02:44 Tdy.
    Day Low
    9.8° C @ 06:45 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.51 kPa @ 09:28 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    102.21 kPa @ 00:58 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    8.4° C @ 07:01 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    11.1° C @ 02:44 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 10.6km/h @ 09:25 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    262W/m2 @ 09:31 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.7 @ 09:28 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