Mother Nature has a veritable smörgåsbord of delights for us this month, particularly in the astronomical department. Yesterday saw six hours of viewing time for the Transit of Venus, such a rare event that, if you missed it, like many of us who weren’t prepared with the requisite telescope or custom viewers, you won’t get another chance to see it — well, ever. The next scheduled appearance is on Dec. 11, 2117.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Berkeley residents are interested, and engaged in, the environment around them. Thus many of us could be found peering at the sun yesterday evening, either through special eclipse glasses or using the time-tested pinhole method, in order to witness the partial eclipse of the sun while it was visible from our perch on the planet.