[Chaos-l] Fwd: Transit of Venus Project
terrycrook at earthlink.net
Tue Mar 8 21:39:14 EST 2011
I realize this is a 2012 event, but what is the date?
If the Sun is due west at 27° above the horizon at 6PM, that's got to be
early Summer I would think!
Taurus Terry in Chapel Hill
35° 55' 47"N, 79° 01' 00"W
On 3/8/2011 7:20 PM, walter fowler wrote:
> Joe, you are so forward looking. I had no idea that the transit would
> be so late. The last time was early in the morning and we had done
> advertising and had a crowd and a couple of TV news crews. The only
> thing missing was the sun! Any recommendations about that sort of
> outcome? But hey, I'm game. The last time we always had the next one
> to look forward to - this coming transit will be our last shot. Walter
> On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 1:09 PM, Joe Pedit <pedit at email.unc.edu
> <mailto:pedit at email.unc.edu>> wrote:
> Ebenezer Point might be a good location for viewing the transit if
> it isn't windy. The transit starts around 6 PM with the sun
> almost due west at an altitude of 27 degrees. The telescopes
> could be set up near the water so the thermal instabilities of the
> warm pavement in the parking area could be avoided. A well
> publicized event might draw a large crowd, particularly if the
> state park waived the entrance fee.
> On 3/7/2011 2:50 PM, Jayme Hanzak wrote:
>> Hi everyone!
>> The following message just came through on the History of Astronomy
>> listserv I subscribe to.
>> I thought CHAOS members would be interested in it as well.
>> all the best,
>> Barbara Becker
>> Message from Bill Sheehan:
>> From: Bill and Debb <sheehan41 at charter.net>
>> <mailto:sheehan41 at charter.net>
>> Subject: Transit of Venus Project
>> Date: Sunday, March 6, 2011, 12:02 PM
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> A number of us, following the AAS meeting in Seattle, have become
>> interested in coordinating efforts internationally for purposes of
>> observing the transit of Venus in 2012, the last to occur during our
>> lifetimes. We are attempting to organize ourselves under a common
>> umbrella organization tentatively called "The Transit of Venus
>> Project" (until a better name can be found).
>> As all of you are aware, the 2012 transit will be extremely
>> advantageous for observers, since almost all the most populated
>> of the Earth will be able to see at least some of the transit (the
>> only land masses excepted are the tip of Spain, the western part of
>> Africa, the eastern part of South America and Antarctica). In
>> addition to high-tech observations of the transit (including some
>> from space) such as were made in 2004, we wish to emphasize the
>> singular importance of the transits in the history of astronomy and
>> in the geographical exploration of the Earth, which led to massive
>> preparations and daring expeditions in the Eighteenth Century in
>> pursuit of the Halleyan project of determining the solar parallax.
>> The level of interest and commitment at the time was comparable to
>> that of the Race to the Moon in our own recent history.
>> We are hoping that any of you who are interested in becoming
>> involved-whether as a planner and coordinator or as a participant or
>> both-will apprise us of your level of interest and the status of
>> personal preparations and plans to observe the transit. We would
>> also ask you to suggest the names of others who may be interested in
>> participating. Our goal is ultimately to have observers stationed
>> throughout the world, and are especially eager to have observers
>> stationed at sites important historically during past transits
>> (Steven van Roode's web page on this subject is extraordinarily
>> complete) and those who are able to emulate past observations using
>> historical instruments. Your response to this e-mail will result in
>> your being kept in the loop-and future communications will probably
>> include a regular (monthly, bimonthly?) organ for coordinating these
>> William Sheehan, on behalf of the "Transit of Venus Project"
>> Dr. Barbara J. Becker
>> History Department
>> 200 Murray Krieger Hall
>> University of California, Irvine
>> Irvine California 92697
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