Wednesday, June 06, 2012

It moves!

Lot's of excitement over the transit of Venus this weekend, not much chance of seeing it here in the UK though; as everyone knows all of our public holidays are always shrouded in low grey clouds and constant drizzle, its a tradition. Anyway, observation is overrated so I watched a TV program about it instead and learned that the passing of Venus across the face of the Sun is a rare event (in the context of a human life-time) and the next one isn't for another 100 odd years, oh well, chalk up another missed cosmic phenomenon because of an Atlantic depression. I can't help thinking though that in a universe as vast as ours with hundreds of billions of stars and probably trillions of planets there are more transits going on in any single minute than you could wave a stick at.

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