In which the author ponders the question, "If you admit that you are a hypocrite, are you really a hypocrite?" He then provides his honest commentary on a number of fascinating topics. He insists, however, that his readers form their own opinions.
The author of the SMBC (Saturday Morning Breakfast Club) tweeted the other day that he needed to know "For a joke: Anyone know how much pressure needed to prevent water from boiling at 700 degrees F?". There was much discussion, I suggested steam tables, I helped others with their suggestions.
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.
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.