Only a few days left to the last transit of Venus of our lifetimes! Miss it and you won’t be able to witness it until the year 2117.
Amateur and professional astronomers from all over the globe were already gearing up for this big event. There were talks, lectures, public observations, videos, and other several projects and activities initiated by various local groups to promote this event among the public.
But one of our astro-friends here has another cool way of sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for this upcoming event, and that is through painting.
Shown above is an artistic depiction of the upcoming Transit of Venus created by Norman Marigza, a young Filipino artist who is also in the field of Physics and Astronomy. According to him, his two greatest passions in life are Art and Astronomy, hence he can do both. He’s surely a gifted person, isn’t he?
To see his other astro-artworks, please visit his website http://blogstargazers.blogspot.com/2010/01/astroart-by-norman.html
During the transit of Venus, we will be able to see the Venus as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun. It happens when Venus passes directly between Earth and the Sun.
Historically, this rare alignment is how we measured the size of our solar system.
Our student council to which I am a member offered a free “face paint” service during the Alumni Homecoming celebration in our college last month.
Instead of having it on my face, I let the artist paint the Moon and Stars art on my hand. 🙂 It’s really cool.
This was the second time that I had something “astronomical” painted on my hand. Haha!