by Sara N.
Hoping to watch Venus as it travels across the sun today? Obviously, you can't look directly into the sun without risking a Raiders of the Lost Ark situation. But you can build a pinhole camera out of a shoebox that will allow for safe viewing. This video from Life's Little Mysteries has step-by-step instructions.
To see when the show will start in your neighborhood, plug your information into the Transit Computer from the Astronomical Applications Department of the U.S. Naval Observatory. (Unfortunately, the website wasn't loading for me this morning — too much demand, perhaps?)
The Associated Press offers these local viewing times to catch Venus' transit. Today at 12:10 p.m. Honolulu; 3:06 p.m. Los Angeles; 5:06 p.m. Mexico City; and 6:04 p.m. New York, and Wednesday at 5:37 a.m. London; 6:10 a.m. Beijing; 6:12 a.m. Hong Kong; 6:38 a.m. Cairo; 7:10 a.m. Tokyo; 8:16 a.m. Sydney; 10:15 a.m. Auckland.
Remember, if you don't catch it today, the next such interstellar occurrence won't be until Dec. 10 ... of 2117.