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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

 

Twas the Night Before the Transit...


June 8, 2004 transit of Venus Ian Musgrave

...and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except those astronomers frantically getting ready for the transit.

The historic transit of Venus is tomorrow (6 June), starting early in the morning. While some of you will have taken time off work (or made simple observing devices to take to work), not everybody can do this. Also, your locality may be clouded out. Webcams to the rescue!

My transit website has a list of live web-feeds, and links to sites with even more web-feeds. But of these many links I’d like to draw attention to two:

The iconic Siding Spring Observatory will have a live feed courtesy of iTelescope.Net, the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Australian Astronomical Observatory. The web-cast will start on June 6, 2012 at 8am local time at Siding Spring (June 5, 2012 at 22:00 UTC). http://www.ustream.tv/channel/itelescope

The Royal Institute of Australia will also have a live stream: http://riaus.org.au/events/livestreaming-of-the-transit-of-venus/

As well there are a number of public viewings.

If you still want to make some projection systems, then there is a step by step guide for making a cheap binocular projection system here http://astroblogger.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/step-by-step-guide-to-making-binocular.html
and how to know where to point your telescope when you can’t look through the viewfinder. http://astroblogger.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/okay-so-how-do-i-point-my-telescope-at.html

And don’t forget the excellent Venus Transit Series over at The Conversation.
  • Venus nears its moment in the sun, but what’s a transit anyway? – Joni Horner
  • Transit of Venus: a tale of two expeditions – David Coward
  • Transit of Venus: a must-see for everyone … no seriously – Duncan Steel
  • An upcoming transit – Helen Maynard-Casely
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