Posted by: mynaturaldiary | June 5, 2012


Whilst we in North Yorkshire celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen of England (Elizabeth II, Dei Gratia Magnae Britanniae, Hiberniae et terrarum transmarinarum quae in ditione sunt Britannica Regina, Fidei Defensor) by the lighting of beacon atop Highcliffe,

the heavens continue their celestial dance. First, moonrise over Guisborough Moor.

This full moon resulted in a partial lunar eclipse, though not seen in Britain.

The next day, an altogether rarer eclipse; the transit of Venus. In Britain, the event occurs mostly overnight night and a forecasted wet morning, which will prevent any direct sighting. This is a shame, as the next one we’ll see is in 2125… Here’s some pictures clipped from the offical NASA webcast at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, at the start of the Transit on 5th June.

NASA Edge Hawaii at 23:17 BST

NASA Edge Hawaii at 23:45 BST

NASA Edge Hawaii at 05:12 BST (6th June) {as predicted, cloudy outside!}

NASA Edge Hawaii at 05:37 BST

There’s a long wait to see the next one.

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