I'm pretty sure it was 1966 when my dad bought me an astronomy book. I remember reading of the transit, and never imagined I'd live all the way to 2004, let alone 2012. It seemed so far off in the future, and (being 7 at the time) I calculated I'd be in my 50's... IMPOSSIBLE! Not ME!!
I saw both transits. My son drove me to the observatory at his college, we were barely above the fog and were lucky to see it.
This time, I vowed I'd drive as far as necessary to see it. Up to the day of the transit it looked like I'd be driving south into West Virginia. It turned out Lake Erie (and Ontario) caused the clouds to dissipate that day, apparently perfect conditions for this. There was a Lake Erie-shaped hole in the clouds, I was able to see the whole thing up to sunset.
I made a lousy video of it, except the few moments around the sun slipping below the horizon are interesting:
The best video I saw of the event had a "green flash" at the very end, where the last remnant of sun turns bright green before disappearing:
Sorry to hear you missed it. If you're anywhere in the north eastern US you probably wouldn't have been able to see it anyway, it was solid clouds. I ended up driving a couple hundred miles to Presque Isle park in Erie Pennsylvania. Nobody here in the southern tier saw it. Too cloudy.
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