"The harmony between poor mathematics and science has never been more perfect than our study of the transit of Venus."
Considering all of the scientific achievements in the history of us, that's a compelling invitation to an event tomorrow.
Venus will make a nearly seven-hour voyage across the face of the sun tomorrow.
Scientists will calibrate the instruments they use to hunt for planets with atmospheres. That's a step ahead of the last few times transits occurred, in which scientist used them to calculate the distance to the sun. One can only wonder, of course, what the next Venus transit -- in 2117 -- will be useful for.
Here's the schedule for the Saint Paul area:
Go here to find the schedule in your area.
Bob may not have realized this video was part one. Here's a link to part two:
And, here is info on two public viewing events hosted by the University of Minnesota. No doubt there are more around town: