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It won't happen again for another 105 years and it's unlikely that anyone on the earth now will be alive for the next one, apart from maybe a few young kids/babies who were too young to see it this time. I was looking at the Iphone/Android apps to time the transit from around the world and reading about this type of technology (Smart phones) not being available just 8 years ago during the last transit. (Ironically the simulations worked, but the app crashed on the day!!) It's amazing how technology has moved on in such a short time. During the transit before that, we were barely able to perform powered flight, now we've been to the moon and people are living in space.

So what will technology be like for the next transit of Venus? Maybe people will live longer by then, so our children might see it! Will this forum still be the same, or will there have been another software update by then LOL? I don't think anyone could have imagined the technology we have now a hundred years ago and it's hard to imagine what will develop over the next 100 years. I hope humans will work things out an not make a mess of it!

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Hopefully someone will have produced an " H2O " filter so that the next set of potential viewers have better luck than most of us this time round !

Either that or 'cheap' personal imaging satellites :laugh:

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I would say there will be a permanent probe or two on Venus by then and transport here would have gotten to the point where long distances are cheap so we could go where the skies were clear and the transit seen in its entirety :D

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An interesting variant is transits of Earth (seen from Mars). There'll be one in 2084 and another in 2163. Hopefully someone will be there to see at least one of them!

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An interesting variant is transits of Earth (seen from Mars). There'll be one in 2084 and another in 2163. Hopefully someone will be there to see at least one of them!

Never thought of that. wikipedia has an interesting page on earth transits

freeze me now for the simultaneous Earth/Venus transit in half a million years

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Microsoft stuff will still be full of holes, computers will still be out of date as soon as you get them out of the shop, moble phones will have so many apps that actually using them as a phone will be a rare thing to see, cars will still be poorly designed and built, the internet will be populated with idiots predicting the end of the world in another five years as the Mayan calendar says so, astrology columns will still be published in whatever newspapers have become when there is space alongside the 'celebrity' gossip, all films and TV will be 3D-oh dear.

And everyone will be in Aus because it won't be visible from Europe!

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The scientists researching ageing processes and how they might be slowed down, halted or even reversed seem to me to be some of the most "out there" in many different ways. However, there are those who believe that many people alive today will live to the age of 150, and that the first person to live to 1,000 will be born in the next couple of decades if they haven't already been born.

I expect I'm already on the wrong side of the curve, but it could be that my children have the opportunity to see the next two transits of Venus as sprightly centenarians.


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3D telescope , using the very latest H20 blocking filter, and head tracking mount via brainwave technology.

2 billion MP CCD , supporting windows 95 - windows 8.1

add ons include 3D contact lens unit, H-Alpha recording,

oh a man can wish for many things. bring forth the H20 filtering system :)

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H2O filters already exist, they're more commonly known as radio telescopes :p

I reckon the Earth transit from Mars will be observed by robots at least. Maybe not people, I'm pessimistic about manned space exploration.

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hmmm, not sure we'll be as advanced as many of you make out. After all, back in the 20th Century, passengers could fly from New York to London in about 3 hours.

With fuel costs spiralling upwards, and less and less people affording the luxury of their own back yard, and continued public apathy to anything that's not on TV, as well as councils being able to turn nightness into daytime using even more power-efficient lighting.

I do wonder if there will be any astronomy interest in 100 years or so.

I hope I'm wrong.

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