Apparently nothing could fascinate us humans this night as much as the Venus-Transit over the sun. In Germany, only 20% of the population could watch the spectacular event: in West-Germany cloudy weather prohibited the view, while in East-Germany the last 90 minutes of the event were clearly visible – though at a rather early time of the day. The Venus, named after the Roman goddess representing love, beauty and erotic desire, is the third-smallest planet of our sun system, and second-closest to the sun. The next Venus-Transit will be in 2117, so whoever didn’t see it now, will probably not see it ever again.
“In Hong Kong, thousands of people took a day off to watch the Venus in front of the sun. The Space Museum supplied the public with telescopes,” writes Spiegel.online, and Yahoo provides a video in which one can see Hongkongers in the harbor, watching the sun. As I had already found out in a museum in Hong Kong, the Chinese have always been interested in astronomy and believed, that the power of their emperors came directly from the stars. I would have liked to be back in Hong Kong to watch the Venus-Transit properly – unfortunately I couldn’t see the sun from my window this morning. The photo above has been taken by a friend of mine, who was so lucky to see the Venus-Transit.