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It was cloudy and raining on transit of Venus day. Of course. But at least our clouds are not made of sulfuric acid as they are on Venus. So I spent the transit online with Fraser Cain, Nicole Gugliucci, Phil Plait, Pamela Gay, and other fun astronomers on their entertaining streaming video. Oh, right. It’s too late for live video now. Ha. I had a chance to see cool images and try to comprehend that the tiny circle I was seeing in front of the sun was the size of the Earth.

Below is a rare image from the surface of Venus, where it’s 800 degree F, covered in craters, and the poisonous atmosphere is constantly filled with lightning:

Be thankful you don’t live in such a hellish environment.

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