The 2004 Transit of Venus

Posted by Beetle B. on Sat 02 June 2012

The upcoming transit of Venus across the sun is often mentioned in the news these days. It’s a rare event—-the next one will occur over a century from now. The last one, though, was only 8 years ago.

Back then, observatories across the world had “live” webcasts of the event. These were not video streams, but still frames taken every minute or so.

I was in grad school in those days and decided to write a script that would save those frames on to my computer. What you see below are videos from those frames—-taken from different observatories:

You can find smoother videos on Youtube.

I toyed with the idea of doing the same for this year’s transit. However, all the observatories I look at are streaming video, and no doubt the Internet will be full of such videos. It’s just not fun now that bandwidth is cheap. The Internet really has changed a lot since 2004!

tags : venus, video