Waiting for Goddess

She took her time.

But it was worth the wait.

Would the NASA web cast be all we see? 2am….   (Philip Stobbart)

We had sat and watched the NASA feed from Hawaii and were resigned to calling that our transit.

Venus via Nasa

The NASA webcast… (Philip Stobbart)

Outside the clouds twisted and danced, taunting us with the reflected orange glow of London.

clouds of London

Will the Goddess smile on us? (Philip Stobbart)

But the pre-dawn showed promise.

We moved to our vantage point by the light of the moon.

Venus transit party 2012 moon

We climb at dawn! on to Northala Hills under moonlight. (Philip Stobbart)

We waited.

Waiting for the Transit

…. (Philip Stobbart)


waiting for Transit of Venus 2012

… … (Philip Stobbart)

And waited some more…

Venus any moment now

… … … (Philip Stobbart)


Transit of Venus London 2012

As the clock ticks down the clouds begin to break… (Philip Stobbart)

The atmosphere was electric, 50 people holding their breath.

The whir of telescopes.



A scramble to eyepieces, eclipse glasses scan the sky.

Shouts of joy and delight.

Tired smiles.

3rd 4th contact Transit of Venus 2012 London

The Transit of Venus 6th June 2012 3rd and 4th Contact over London. (Author)

About astronomersden

Daddy, Hubby, Teacher and when ever I get the chance Astronomer.
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3 Responses to Waiting for Goddess

  1. TimC says:

    Congratulations!! And a sketch too! … Must have been amazing. Wish I could’ve been there too. Couldn’t believe what a sunny morning it turned into given the grim weather forecasts. Great stuff. See you at the next BSIA hopefully. 🙂

  2. bintangzohra says:

    I like the way you write,
    ‘Waiting for Goddess. She took her time. But it was worth the wait.’

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