Monday, May 09, 2016

End of the Transit of Mercury

Clouds rolled in around noon, so I didn't get to see the end of the transit of Mercury.  Had a good time this morning showing everyone so I felt I experienced and recorded what I could.

The Solarscope did its job well again, now it can rest until the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.

Mercury Transit now past halfway mark.

More than halfway through the transit at 11:15am.  In this image Mercury is slightly to the left just above the halfway line of the Sun.  That smudgy sunspot is in the bottom half slightly to right of center.  

I also had some visitors join me to observe this time.

Mercury Transit at 9:30am EDT

Mercury is in the top half middle in this picture at 9:30am.  Needed to wait for the clouds to move.  Might be a problem for more viewing today.  We'll see.

Transit of Mercury Day!!

Today I will be blogging the Transit of Mercury, a less than once in a decade event.  I have been waiting for this one since the Transit of Venus in 2012.  Looks like a sunny day and reasonably clear enough skies for some viewing.

I started today with my son and my trusty work travelling solar viewer at the school parking lot. I had dozens of kids in line to look at it.

I repeatedly said, "NEVER look directly at the sun", so that none of the students would.  I asked them planet questions.  They mostly knew their planets and the correct order out to about Saturn.  Even remembered that Pluto is not a planet anymore.

I took a closeup of the sun image in the viewer around 7:35am.  Mercury's shadow is the sharp dot in the upper right of the sun.  Contrast that with the slightly larger fuzzy smudge of a sunspot more in the middle of the sun.

I have already accosted work colleagues on the way in to their offices to stop to look at the sun image in the viewer.  Here is the picture from 8:15am.

Fleet footed Mercury is racing across the sun.  Still about 6 hours to go however.

Monday, April 25, 2016

OHMS LAW license plate in Pennsylvania

This car owner is either an electrical engineer or a lawyer named OHM, or maybe a lawyer/electrical engineer.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Essere, o non essere

To be or not to be.  I found Opera Delaware's "advertisement" graffiti for the East Coast premier of Amleto (Hamlet) premier May 14th on the Delaware Greenway path at Shipley Rd, where you go between Bringhurst Woods and Rockwood park.

It got my attention and possibly users of that path are likely in the correct socioeconomic class or demographic to see an opera production of Hamlet.  But will it wash off eventually?  It is technically graffiti, and there was more than one on the path.  My cool hunter artistic side is warring with my inner curmudgeon is warring with my don't wreck public stuff side.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

VINYRD license plate in Delaware

VINYRD license plate in Delaware.  Is this a place where wine grows literal reference or figurative or biblical?  

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Artifacts at Stone Point at Fox Point State Park

We participated in the 25th Annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup today.  It was raining and cold but we picked up a lot of trash and recyclables at Fox Point State Park on the Delaware River.  They bussed us down to Stoney Point at the end of the park where the public can't even go.  I would have liked to have seen it in less cold and rain but it was still very interesting.  

The Marcus Hook front range light is there.  That one pairs with the rear range light up the hill that we drove past on our way home.

Lynn found a ceramic top from an old-fashioned soda bottle, the kind with the metal price through to seal the top.

I searched on the writing on the top, "G. VERERAMO WILMINGTON, DEL 503-505 TATNALL ST. and found a link at the Delaware Historical Society for a glass soda bottle estimated at between 1900 and 1905.

How did it get there?  Did it wash up recently or has it been there a long time.  It is going to our Delaware artifacts collection.

Double Rainbow and the colours out of space

Double Rainbow today.

The main bow had extra colors man was not meant to see!