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08 Juni 2004 @ 19:05
Sic transit gloria Veneris  

Er, that didn't sound exactly like what I meant, which is this:

No, I didn't observe today's transit of Venus. For one thing, I was asleep when it rolled through my time zone, and anyway I don't happen to have any #13 welder's glass handy.

But I take heart in the knowledge that rare celestial events are really very frequent; every year or so, there's another thing going on in the sky that won't happen again for another few (or many) generations. As long as you're not too picky about which rare celestial events you get to see, there's no reason to worry about missing one.

I have, of course, made a point of trying to see the two comets named after linguists that have passed my way. I looked in vain for Halle's Comet in 1986, but I did manage to catch a glimpse of Hale-Bopp in 1997.