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So I am watching the transit of Venus on my computer. The website is http://www.slooh.com, and 2 astronomy experts are chatting live online, and the main screen is devoted to the guest, while the interviewer gets a small window. In the large window the guest is clearly in his living room and behind him his dog is doing what dogs do:  jumping on furniture, looking out window, etc. The whole scene is surreal, as my main screen is/was taken up with the graphic of the transit of Venus (the event is now at 1:14;42 as I type this.) Meanwhile, this advanced discussion on the subject of Venus and habitable planets (which Venus is NOT) is going on in the live picture and accompanying live sound. I am learning a little astronomy just by listening to these guys.
They are mentioning that there will not be another transit of Venus in our lifetime, but they keep referring to other major astronomy events coming up this year.
This event on TV is another example of what I have for many years referred to as “the magic of computers.” Wow, this window into the world of the astronomers would have been unimaginable a few years ago.
It’s like eavesdropping on the local science experts, and they are so good. Nothing that they say is too technical to understand, and their excitement and happiness at witnessing this event is palpable. I feel lucky to be watching them. They have partners all over the world joining in this telecast. Sometimes it is just a great time to be alive, have a computer, and have a clue on where to find stuff online!
Thanks to SLOOH Conversations for putting all this stuff online so that we can all enjoy the experts’ conversations! Now there are 3 of them chatting in front of their computers and letting the rest of us in on the scientific gabfest. They are apologizing that some live feeds they had planned to have, are not coming off because of the heavy traffic!
As I typed this the feed of the transit has changed and is now coming from  Oahu, Hawaii. The transit of Venus ‘event’ in itself  is 7 hours long!  This is really fascinating stuff, and these astronomy  experts are ripping off statistics:  the size of the earth, size of the sun, size of Venus, etc. Just amazing to listen to these guys talking. I am learning something new every minute.
I did put in a link to the Transit of Venus in progress  ( live on your computer) but by the time I had this written up, the location of the live feed of the celestial event had changed location yet a again, so clearly it would be pointless to put it in here. In another few minutes the live feed will come from another location – at the moment the feed is still coming from the Pacific Ocean but moving west. I can’t stop watching this stuff!

If you want to check it out, go to sloogh.com

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