Despite cloud cover early in the morning, the enthusiasm of a friend who loves astronomy brought me to the Cluj observatory at 6 am.
For about an hour the clouds teased us, slowly clearing with the possibility we might yet see the transit of Venus across the sun. We joined a small group of similarly
crazy enthusiastic people by the telescopes on the observatory roof.
About a half hour before the transit would be done, the clouds finally cleared!
We could see Venus through the upper telescope and on a screen with the other telescope.
We looked directly at the sun using Daniela’s sun glasses from a sun eclipse 13 years ago. I was impressed she both kept the glasses and knew where they were. I told you she was enthusiastic.
Yes, it was just a small dot, but when I think about what I was seeing and the fact that no one alive will likely see it again, it was pretty neat.