What Is a Venusian Transit?

Simply a time when Venus passes between the Earth and Sun and is visible as a dark circle crossing the orb of the Sun.

This isn't visible every year because the planets are not fixed to one plane and weave up and down.

The Last Transit was 144 years ago so no one alive has seen one. The next will be June 6th 2012.

What the F*** is a Venusian..?

 

Historical Importance:

In 1769 Captain Cook went to Tahiti to observe a Venusian Transit of the Sun. His mesurements were to be compared to other observations made in England and the resulting information would help create better navigaion instruments.

This didn't workout but, making a long story short, he discovered California, Alaska, Hawaii, Tasmania and almost reached Antartica before his life ended.

 

The transit was visible on June 8th 2004 early in the morning on the East Cost of the USA.

In Florida we had to wait until 6:30 AM for sunrise and then watch it in its final phase until 7:25 AM when it finished crossing the Sun.

So I gathered my friends and at 5:30 AM June 8th 2004 we headed out to the Dearing Estate, In the aark.
Biscayne Bay at 6:15 AM viewed from the Deering Estate

More Freind Arrive:

These are Robert, Sannon and their two kids.

Robert Studied Astronomy at Cornell. Shanon Marine Biology at UM.

Robert was the one who first told me of the Transit.

For about 20 min. after sunrise clouds obscure the Sun.

While I wait I decide to get my own telescope. I had thought to use the bigger ones belonging to the Southern Cross Society but then I thought -- "This will be more fun if I do it myself."

Plus -- No one else seems to be using the projection technique

Our youngest astronomer plays hide and seek, like the Sun.
People start to leave as the Sun is still behind a giant cloud.
But then the Sun rises above the clouds.
And there is Venus...

The Telescope is on the floor pointed at the sun. It has a 4.5" concave mirror that reflects and focuses the light onto an other mirror that passes the light through a lense.

This allows us to adjust the focus and project the image onto a screen.

In this case mounting board.

It's easy and it works. You can even see sunspots

Meaning that lots of people can see the transit at once rather than lining up to look through a telescope one at a time.
A Better view of how the equipment is setup for projection viewing.
Then the Press arrived to interview the "amature astronomers"
The Herald sure has cute staff.
Local TV Station's Vans
Other Telescope owners get interviewed
One last shot of Venus. See you here in 8 years minus 2 days.
And one last shot before we leave with our 4.5" Newtonian Dobsonian Telescope.
Thanks

To the Deering Estate for opening their gates and hosting us.

To the Southern Cross Society for organizing the viewing

Thanks to the media for sending the Pretty Girls

and Thanks to NASA for telling me how to use my telescope this way

Wallpapers

Wall Paper 1

Wall Paper 2

Wall Paper 3

NASA's Venus Transit Images
Links NASA Science News for June 2, 2004

The 2004 Transit of Venus will be visible from eastern parts of North
America at sunrise on June 8th.

FULL STORY at

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2004/02jun_viewersguide.htm?list35220


Astronomy.com Website

The transit of Venus: an observer's report
From a game reserve in Africa, Astronomy associate editor Michael Bakich relays his experience witnessing this long-awaited celestial event.
by Michael E. Bakich

http://www.astronomy.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/001/755bsuzd.asp


Miami Herald Article by ADJOA ADOFO

aadofo@herald.com

''No living person has seen what we have just seen,'' said a smiling Nick Crespo.

The 39-year old computer consultant was among those who gathered at Deering Estate at sunrise Tuesday to watch Venus flit across the face of the sun for the first time since 1882.

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/8871248.htm