Author Archives: Chuck Bueter

Hubble practices moon shot

Take a note from the experts – the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is practicing for the 2012 transit of Venus. This Wednesday, January 11, 2012, the space-borne telescope will dedicate several orbits to acquiring and observing the Hipparchus-C and Dolland-E … Continue reading

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Transit history from four angles

Transits and exoplanets were among the myriad of interesting topics this week at the American Astronomical Society conference in Austin, TX. Four perspectives on the transit of Venus opened the dialogue on Sunday, January 8, under the auspices of the … Continue reading

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Raising a glass to 2012

Ahhh, the holidays, when liquid refreshments abound. Steven van Roode shared Joseph Bank’s account of excessive libations aboard the Endeavour on Christmas Day in 1768. When the December 1874 transit of Venus concluded, some sailors in the Pacific again turned … Continue reading

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Transit station at the Centennial

The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 celebrated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, PA, USA. In a demonstration of pioneering science, the U.S. Naval Observatory set up an exhibit using the actual American transit of … Continue reading

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Hopes and plans on the rise

Transits of Venus, past and present, are certainly part of the buzz at the Great Lakes Planetarium Association Annual Conference currently underway in Champaign, Illinois, USA. Yesterday Gene Zajac, planetarian at Shaker Heights High School, Ohio, and I led a … Continue reading

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Sun-Earth Day 2012 launched

“And we have liftoff… liftoff of Sun-Earth Day 2012. The annual celebration features a new Sun-Earth Day 2012 website of resources as only NASA can deliver.” Frankly, I’m hoping you don’t read this entire blog post. I’m hoping that your … Continue reading

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1882 sidewalk astronomy

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. opens his poem The Flaneur with an appreciative eye to the things of both man and nature. I love all sights of earth and skies… All curious things, above, below, Hold each in turn my wandering … Continue reading

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Hubble Telescope participates

The Hubble Space Telescope will be aimed at the moon to detect dips in brightness during the 2012 transit of Venus. In an interview explaining how the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) allocates time on the telescope, Dr. Matt Mountain, … Continue reading

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Hot Times in Tahiti

Imagine the pressure. At great expense your nation has sent you on a distant venture to perform a discrete task, which is ostensibly of prime importance for your country. It’s like being astronaut Alan Shepard, awaiting launch atop the Freedom … Continue reading

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Stamps honor transit of Venus

Postage stamps often commemorate historic events, and the transit of Venus shares that distinction. While many international stamps depict the local persons who have recorded a transit of Venus — Mikhail Lomonosov, William Wales, Maximilian Hell, etc. — a few … Continue reading

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