On June 8, 2004, most of us on Earth will be able to witness something none of us has seen--a transit of Venus, when Venus passes directly in front of the sun. Observers in eastern portions of North America will see the latter part of the transit of Venus after sunrise. Among the best places to see the transit of Venus--considering global viewing and weather statistics-- is the Middle East, including Riyadh, Kabul, Baghdad, and Kuwait City.
Share the common experience of this uncommon event.
For one dollar, Rainbow Symphony, will ship protective eyewear to a U.S. service man or woman in Iraq or Afghanistan. Twenty military sites will receive Eclipse Shades manufactured by Rainbow Symphony, printed descriptions of the historical and future significance of the the transit of Venus, and printed instructions on how to view the transit safely (see flyer.htm). Please consider viewing the transit of Venus concurrently with the troops deployed overseas and the citizens with whom they interact.
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In order not to burden the military mail system and to conform to new security demands, distribution of solar shades packets is being coordinated with Coalition Forces Land Component Command (Third United States Army). Per Rainbow Symphony, "solar viewing materials are optical density 5 or greater and are 'CE' certified, which meets the transmission requirements of scale 12-16 of EN 169/1992." Shades can be purchased in bulk (500 or more) for a reduced cost at http://store.yahoo.com/rainbowsymphony/eclipseshades.html.
If you wish to receive your own pair of eclipse shades, send $1.00 US and a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to the Rainbow Symphony address above. Make sure you put the SASE inside the envelope you send to Rainbow Symphony or they will have nothing in which to mail your eclipse shades back to you. Any money not accompanied by a SASE will be used to distribute solar shades packets to military personnel.
Regardless of the joy, strife, or uncertainty in the world, the transit of Venus will happen June 8, 2004. While leaders from the Group of Eight (G-8) nations gather in the United States, perhaps the best viewing prospects are under the hot skies of Mesopotamia. On June 8, 2004, the world will gaze in unison at the sun.
Considering the meteorological record of the frequency of cloud cover at mid-transit, several Middle East centers are clearly (literally) in ideal locations to view the 2004 transit of Venus.
Larger graph at http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~jander/transit/mideast.htm is courtesy of Jay Anderson.
Venus and Iraq
William Sheehan and John Westfall write:
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