When is a transit not a transit?

Transit of Venus Map - 2004

Image: NASA

OK, here’s a question about shared experience. If you couldn’t actually look directly at the transit of Venus yesterday (unless you wanted your eyes boiled or something), is there a difference between standing out in your garden with a pair of binoculars trained on a piece of carboard and watching the six-hour “event” on TV?

Transit of Venus Image 2004Is the experience anything less since both methods of “sharing” are safe?

Where does experience end and watching start?

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