Our science experiment

Last week, on June 5th, Venus transited the sun. The next transit won’t happen until 2117, so talk about an exciting time! Being the space loving scientist that I am, I wanted to see it for myself. Bonus? It would be a fun learning experience for Addy!

Following this great tutorial, we made our own pinhole camera. {{Addy learned that we never look directly at the sun. Instead, we can use something like a pinhole camera to see a projection of the sun.}}

So with our camera in hand, we waited for the cloud to move away from the sun…

Then we lined ourselves up so that we were facing our shadows straight on…

And when we peered into the side view finder, voila!, we saw the sun!

Look! See that white dot? That’s the sun!

How cool is that?!

We couldn’t see Venus (our projected sun was too small), so we decided to try again.

Bigger is better, right?

While the sun looked bigger and a bit clearer…

We just couldn’t see Venus. But at least we tried! And Addy had a mini science lesson about space and planets and eye safety. She had fun. 🙂

Check out these amazing shots of Venus and the Sun!

Image of transit taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft

Venus and… oh look! A jet airplane! Photo credit: Len Bright/Lowell Observatory

Adelyn is 3 years, 1 week old and Colton is 11.99 months old.

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4 responses

  1. I think that Addy is already smarter then a 5th grader. Lindsay you are teaching her so much. As usual, impressed again. Gram Z

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