An Occultation of Venus on the "Day of Infamy"; how nice. I'd planned to video-tape the disappearance from the observatory, if I could rouse myself from my post-Marin-Half-Marathon decrepitude. This was to be the last Venus occultation for 11 years around here, so it seemed worth a good effort. However, the "Pinapple Connection" weather had begun on this big El Nino year, and the best that could be done was to get a few glimpses between clouds and fog. I woke up at 7am, the D was at 7:54am, and walked outside to fog beginning to come in. The actual disappearance was fogged out. I rode to Cabrillo a bit later, and the R was almost 2 hours after the D, at 9:40pm, as Venus went centrally through the moon. 9:40am was during my morning Astro 3 class, so when I arrived, I quickly herded them outside the classroom to watch; we found the cresent moon at the times it was in the blue patches between the extensive cirrus and mid-level clouds. The R happened in some slightly denser clouds, but Venus did indeed appear, at magnitude -4.2, even with the clouds and with the unaided eye for me and most students. I had my little Canon PowerShot camera and cranked up the telephoto on it and tried to aim in the right direction.

Shot with the Nikon D7000 on tripod, about 7am just as the sun was about to come up. At home.

About 9:35am, my class outside the 800 Building, searching for the thin cresent amid clouds

Always good to have somebody POINTING pointedly!

Shot with the little PowerShot camera using it's zoom. Really, not much different than the way bigger and more expensive Nikon. There's venus just popped out on the dark side, on the right.

OK, it was posed a bit, but they really were looking for faint Venus and the cresecent moon amid those clouds