Transit of Venus

I mentioned in a post the transit of the Sun by the Space Shuttle, and in the course of that post the Transit of Venus, which is coming in 2012.

No sooner but… the blogosphere is so cool… but I get a note from a reader about a blog called

Transit of Venus.

Another cool blog to put in my RSS.

I saw the last Transit of Venus through a telescope set up near St. Peter’s Square. Some teens from England had come to Rome (fewer clouds) and set up a very spiffy telescope with the proper filters and letting everyone see.

I wonder if I still have photos from that… hmmm…

Did you know that John Philip Sousa wrote not only the unparalleled Minnesota March but also the Transit of Venus March?


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  1. moconnor says:

    I’ve had the opportunity to play both of these marches. “Transit” is the better of the two (pace Gophers) as it was written at the height of his powers. The MN March was one of his last.

  2. Rouxfus says:

    I love the Internet.

  3. wolskerj says:

    I too, saw the 2004 transit from here in Wisconsin. I’m very much looking forward to the second pass next spring. This time my kids will see it with me. They’re old enough now to understand and appreciate what’s happening. Pray for good weather because it’s the only chance they’ll have to see it in their lifetime!

  4. irishgirl says:

    Cool! I didn’t know Sousa wrote a march about the planet Venus!
    And I liked the Minnesota March, too!

  5. asophist says:

    … and – speaking of things Minnesotan – did you know that the March King also wrote the Foshay Tower March for the dedication of that Minneapolis skyscraper in 1929 (and that Wilbur Foshay ultimately went to prison for (I think) shady stock market deals?

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