Category Archives: Preparations

A hundred days to the transit

Only 100 days left to the last transit of Venus of our lifetimes! What things should you do, now time is really ticking away? Here’s our top five: Decide on your observing spot Most of you will probably just stay … Continue reading

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Pattern on a paper plate

Transits of Venus are predictable, but the pattern seems odd. Two transits occur within eight years, then there is a lapse of 105 1/2 years, then another pair within eight years, then wait 121 1/2 years. How do you explain this frequency? … Continue reading

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A thin ring in the Sun’s glare

What to do in the last days or hours while waiting the transit? And soon after it? Here is a suggestion that can make the transit thrill longer. Most planet observers that have observed Venus a few days from inferior … Continue reading

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Trailer for the transit

The Transit of Venus is a new four-minute trailer written and directed by Chuck Bueter, with animation and video effects by Patrick McPike, Multimedia Artist and Technical Director at the Adler Planetarium. The video summarises the history and significance of … 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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Designing a Transit Exhibit I

If one is not vigilant when attending international conferences one can easily become infected by good ideas readily applicable to one’s local situation. Ari Gross, a graduate student at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology … Continue reading

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The 2004 coverage in S&T

In 2004 we witnessed the first transit of Venus in 122 years, and the event got a lot of attention in newspapers and magazines. Sky & Telescope, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this month, also covered the transit extensively. I … Continue reading

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Transit captured by cellphones

I remember well that in 2004, there were a lot of people claiming they captured the transit of Venus with the camera of their cellphone, but wondering why Venus appeared so much larger in their own photographs as the planet … 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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Inspired with awe

In 1874, Robert Grant, professor of astronomy in the University of Glasgow, published a small booklet The Transit of Venus in 1874. It was written for the students, aged 12 to 14, of the Clyde Industrial Training Ship Cumberland, an … Continue reading

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