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Transit of Venus

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Emberstone, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Emberstone

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    anyone going to watch it. I am going to try to get on a webstream or two today after I get back from class, since I dont have the equipment to watch it myself, and it will likely be cloudy anyways.
     
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    There's a group on campus who's got the equipment, so they're setting up for people to come by. My housemates and a few friends are gonna go check it out, should be pretty cool ^_^
     
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    My mom actually just called me about seeing it. Theres a guy that works for the astronomy and physics building at the university that has access to the equipment so I'll most likely go.
     
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    SLOOH SpaceCamera - Live Event

    I found those above webstreams already. The first starts at 22:04 UT; for those who are unfamiliar with UT (universal time) it's converted as thus. The second one has the countdown to the event and will have between 12 to 15 feeds.

    T-minus 3 hours, 2 minutes.
     
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    I saw the previous one. Wish I could see this one too, the part visible from here, anyway, but, well, weather forecast does't look encouraging, and it's just not the same through a webcam. Good luck to everyone who's watching :slight_smile: And stay safe, remember, you're watching the sun.
     
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    I spent about 2 and a half hours watching it with a telescope at my college, and then filters. you could hold the solar filters up to your eye, and see the transit without magnification.
     
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    I thought it was happening again in 2017... I completely forgot about it today. Oh well.
     
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    That's pretty cool... I'll be able t tell all my little nieces and nephews that I saw it via the internet. :slight_smile:
     
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    That'd be 2117 xD.

    I felt really bad because an older/retired man came by right after the sun set to see it, and hoped he could see the next one... until we broke the news to him.

    It was pretty sweet though. The planetarium at the school set up a queue to look through a powerful telescope, gave out these 3D-like glasses for viewing and presented info on the science behind the transit. Went with my housemates, and we ended up finding a few friends that we didn't get to see much of all last year, so we got to do a lot of catching up.

    Definitely a fun time though. :slight_smile:
     
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    amazing how the simpliest of things, such as a planet crossing the face of the sun, can bring people together.
     
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    I guess I misheard it on the radio. It's alright though. I watched bits of it on the news. Besides, I see it in the evening and morning skies most of the year.

    I think I have a better chance of going on a manned mission to another planet and catching Venus transitting the Sun than living for another 105 years. I might even catch Earth transitting the Sun too.

    On a somewhat related note, here is a neat picture of the International Space Station and Space Shuttle Atlantis (docked) transitting the Sun back in 2010.

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    I saw it last time, but yesterday and today there's been too much rain and all.