Backyard Astronomy / Astronomía de patio

There is enjoyment to be had watching sky shows such as this Venus transit across the Sun. My interest in Astronomy is shared with many others who happened to be growing up when the man was walking on the moon, back in the 60’s and 70’s.

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Transit of Venus, June 6, 2012

 

Transit of Venus across the face of the Sun, Owasso, Oklahoma (June 5, 2012)

(English version follows below). En la foto de arriba, el ocular de mi pequeño telescopio proyecta la imágen del disco solar y dentro del sol dorado, una pequeña mácula circular: el planeta Venus en tránsito, un fenómeno que se repite cada cién años. Mi interés personal en la astronomía como hobby lo comparto con muchos de los que crecimos en el siglo 20 con la llegada del hombre a la luna. Se debe en parte a que nuestra  generación disfrutó -y disfruta- del acceso fácil e inmediato a información científica y a la popularidad de pequeños telescopios y binoculares. Y así he sido testigo, junto con familia y amigos, de lluvias de estrellas, paso de cometas como el Haley, eclipses solares y lunares, tránsitos de planetas sobre el sol, la estación internacional espacial, satélites artificiales, conjunciones y ocultaciones. En deuda estoy con los que permitieron un espacio a mis obsesiones y hasta se involucraron en ellas!*

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In the picture above, the eyepiece of a small telescope projects the image of the sun onto a white surface. A small circular shadow in that sun is nothing else but Venus, in its once-in-a-hundred-year transit across the face of the Sun. My personal interest in Astronomy as a hobby is shared with many others who were kids when men were walking on the moon, back in the 60’s and 70’s. This interest was fueled, of course, by the easy and immediate access to scientific information and the availability of small telescopes and binoculars. Thus, I have witnessed, together with countless friends and family members: the arrival of comets, like the Haley in the mid 80’s, meteor showers,  lunar and solar eclipses, the path of the International Space Station, artificial satellites orbiting the earth, numerous planets conjunctions and occultations.  I am in debt to those who allowed a space for my little obsession to be and even got involved in it! *

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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