Time Keg Seeks Your Imprint
When transits of Venus observers reflect on the experience, they eventually muse about the next 8-year pair of alignments. For example, Jeremiah Horrocks of 1639 fame wrote, "Thy return Posterity shall witness. Years must roll away, but then at length the splendid sight again shall greet our distant children’s eyes." William Harkness looked seasonally forward to when "the twenty-first century of our era has dawned upon the earth, and the June flowers are blooming in 2004."
Now it's the turn of the 21st century transit of Venus pundits and enthusiasts to ponder an equal mystery. How will the transit of Venus be received when it comes around in December of 2117 and 2125? What do you wish to share or convey with those who might in some manner experience a future transit of Venus?
Enter the Transit of Venus Time Keg. It's a time capsule made from a beer keg to reflect our celebratory attitude toward of the 2012 Sun-Venus-Earth alignment. The keg has been donated by The Livery microbrewery of Benton Harbor, MI, and students from the Apprentice Academy of South Bend, IN, are preparing it for use and long-term storage.
Now the keg needs a plaque on the outside, and I solicit your input on the text. In concise terms, what should be written on the plaque affixed to the Transit of Venus Time Keg? Any instructions, dates to open, descriptions, summaries? Or just a simple title and leave it at that? Please send your suggestions soon. While you're at it, propose ideas for its contents. We intend to put some items from 2012 into the vessel, and during local upcoming transit of Venus events have people write and place their personal messages within. There may be an online version coming soon from another party. On June 6, 2012, the Transit of Venus Time Keg will be sealed for over a century.
Please send your suggestions for the text to be placed on the plaque to timekeg"at"transitofvenus.org. Thanks for crafting words that will have value over a century hence.