A little after the time of first contact, the sky was quite cloudy, with the sun hiding.
|12:58 GMT, looking south|
But the clouds were moving quickly, and there were blue patches. Then around 2pm, the sky started to clear a bit more.
|14:05 GMT, looking south west: blue sky!|
|lining up the telescope (note the existence of shadows)|
And we saw the transit! A very small, very black spot, clear against the sun’s disk. Amazing. (No photographs of it this time, though: much poorer weather than previously, and no time to waste.)
Then it clouded over again; we got about 5 minutes viewing in total.
|14:20 GMT, cloudy again: goodby Mercury! it was grest seeing you!|