I also missed posting on the big astronomical news of last week, the Venusian transit of the sun. Here's a great high-definition video (only 3 minutes) of the event to make up for that:
We have to wait 105 years before the next time this happens, but there are a few other rare astronomical spectacles to look out for before that. Here's just a few:
- 9 May 2016 - Transit of Mercury
- 2 August 2027 - Solar eclipse; this one will apparently be especially long, lasting over six minutes but will only be visible in Europe and Africa, it seems. Maybe a good time to make that visit to Somalia?
- July 2061 - Return of Halley's Comet; I vaguely remember this being a big deal when I was a child, seeing as it was 1986 I was really young. In the summer of '61 it's predicted to pass near Earth again.
- 22 November 2084 - Venus occults Jupiter; apparently this hasn't happened since 1818.