Venus will be crossing the face of the sun (“transiting”) on June 6th.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to see that through a telescope! Unfortunately doing that would result in blindness. It’s just like how you used to burn ants with a magnifying glass, only it’s your eye getting toasted.
So what’s a nerd to do? Buy an expensive dedicated solar telescope or solar filter? Nah, it’s time to get buy some cheap solar safety film, get out the cardboard and ductape, and mod that puppy.
Unfortunately when I finished the skies looke like this:
So I couldn’t test it properly. Here’s hoping on the 6th the skies are clear. All I could do for the moment was test the filter with a really bright lamp.
Notice how you can see the detail of the lamp’s filament. The filter actually works by reflecting 99.999% of incoming light, so it looks like a mirror, meaning I can take the following freaky photo, where you can see both my distorted reflection and the lamp filament behind the filtler:
Actually that’s a great name for a band.