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Summit Up 6-4-12: Where we’re getting into hard-core single-speed racing

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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that spotted a woman wearing a full-face helmet while pedaling a single-speed bicycle with a basket on front.

Now, tell us if we’re wrong, but the first thing a full-face helmet screams is: Hard. Core.

With that thought in mind, we speculated about just how hard-core this woman might get on her single-speed bicycle once she’d warmed up on her early morning ride.



You see, she was pedaling at a leisurely speed when we spotted her.

In fact, we’re pretty sure she was wearing a dress along with that full-face helmet.



And so we’re envisioning a bicycle take off the roller derby, where skirts aren’t feminine, but take on a machismo all their own, showcasing the bumps, bruises and scrapes these gals undertake in the name of competition.

They wear knee pads. The single-speed bicycle equivalent would require full-face guards.

We’re not sure why, exactly you’d need full-face protection, though. The knee pads make sense in the roller derby. Maybe it’s to preserve the beauty of these women who opt for single-speed bicycle races wearing dresses.

Or, maybe she was just on her way to hop on a motorcycle.

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So we heard Venus is going to be making one of its twice-in-a-lifetime performances on June 5.

(sound of googling)

Here says Wikipedia:

“A transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, becoming visible against (and hence obscuring a small portion of) the solar disk. During a transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun. The duration of such transits is usually measured in hours (the transit of 2004 lasted six hours). A transit is similar to a solar eclipse by the Moon. While the diameter of Venus is almost four times that of the Moon, Venus appears smaller, and travels more slowly across the face of the Sun, because it is much farther away from Earth.”

(more googling)

Ah, here we go. This is what NPR was telling us this morning:

“Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena.[1] They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years. The periodicity is a reflection of the fact that the orbital periods of Earth and Venus are close to 8:13 and 243:395 commensurabilities.”

Cool, huh? Let’s see if we can figure out when, exactly, this might happen for us here in Summit County, and if we’ll be lucky enough to witness it.

(sound of googling)

Looks like we in the Mountain West will be able to see the phenomenon at around sunset.

Cool!

Now remember, don’t look directly at the sun. The safest way to watch a transit is to observe an image of the sun projected onto a screen through a telescope, binoculars, pinhole or reflected pinhole.

Happy star gazing!


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