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Today, I got to see a once in a lifetime event–the transit of Venus. Of course, I did it in style.

The welding mask was a must–lest I lose my ability to see. The tank top, that was perhaps unnecessary.

There are many reasons why this event is important to science, but personally, it was important to me.

It was a chance for me to actually witness an astronomical event with my own eyes. It literally was a once in a lifetime experience, and I am grateful to have had it. It made me feel small, it puts the universe in perspective, and I realized that this is what science feels like. And it feels good.