We will begin with some Astronomy today. It is called the Venus Transit and it is happening today. Venus will be moving directly in front of the sun between 5 PM and sunset tonight. PLEASE DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN as it can severely damage your eyes. Venus is the second closest planet to the sun and is very close to the size of Earth. Here is our Solar System:
Late this afternoon Venus will be tracking directly in front of the sun and this won’t happen again until 2117. I doubt any of us alive today will be here when this happens again. A transit happens when a planet moves between the Earth and the Sun. This can only happen with Mercury and Venus. It will look like a black dot in front of the sun. Where can you see this?
- The Powell Observatory in Louisburg, KS. For directions go to askc.org/powell.htm
- UMKC Warkoczewski Public Observatory, roof of Royal Hall at 5200 Rockhill Road
A back door front moved through early Monday evening and now we have an easterly breeze with slightly cooler air for the rest of this week. The dry weather continues today, but there are increasing indications that some good chances for rain and thunderstorms will arrive next week. But, that is six days away or so. Between now and then we get to enjoy some great June weather.
Have a fantastic Tuesday.