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Venus Transit And Lunar Mirror Could Help Find Other Planets
2012-12-14 05:12:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers reported in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society that looking at the sunlight reflected off the Moon during the Venus transit this year helped scientists find planets in orbit around other stars. As Venus passed in front of the Sun on June 6, 2012, it hid part of our sun's rotating surface. Because of rotation, the spectrum of the Sun is slightly different on each side. On one side of the sun,...

Astronomers Study Venus Atmosphere During Transit
2012-10-17 15:33:08

[WATCH VIDEO: Ultra-High Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It won't happen again until 2117, but one team ensured everyone at the 44th meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in Reno, Nevada that they got plenty of data as Venus transited the Sun earlier this year. Jay Pasachoff of the Williams College and Caltech, Glenn Schneider of University of Arizona, Thomas Widemann of Paris...

Transit Of Venus Videos Unveiled
2012-09-28 22:11:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: New Transit of Venus 2012 Movie ] [ Watch the Video: Transit of Venus 2012 From Svalbard and Canberra ] New movies of the transit of Venus that took place earlier this year clearly show the parallax effect that makes the event so important to scientists. Astronomers compressed six hours of observations and 5,000 individual images taken by optical and solar telescopes into a 40 second video. The...

Transit Of Venus Lived Up To Its Hype
2012-06-06 12:32:33

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com Yesterday afternoon, the Earth was able to experience a moment in our solar system that will not be seen again until 2117, the Transit of Venus. Peering through a solar filter on my DSLR camera and a 200mm zoom lens made for a pretty good looking glass. As 4:06 mountain time started to approach, you could see a little black dot start to make its way between the Earth and the Sun. I missed the 2004 transit, but was able to see...

ESA Missions Observe Transit Of Venus
2012-06-06 06:59:03

[ Watch the Video ] Astronomers around the world looked to the sky last night and this morning to observe Venus as it passed across the face of the Sun for the last time this century. ESA´s Sun-watching space missions also tuned in for the solar spectacular. ESA´s microsatellite Proba-2, situated in low-Earth orbit, tracked Venus as it moved across the solar disc over a period of nearly seven hours. Venus appears to wobble thanks to the slight up-down motion of Proba-2 and the...

Image 1 - Final Countdown: Transit Of Venus Closing In
2012-06-05 14:29:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com The Transit of Venus is upon us, so grab your sun viewing spectacles, head outside, and go get yourself a look at a cosmic event. For those kiddos that will be born today, or in the next few years, statistically speaking you will be able to rub this moment in most of their faces when they get older, because they will not get to see Venus pass by the Sun at any point in their lifetime. The next time the Transit of Venus will occur will be the year 2117....

Venus Transit Will Help RHESSI Improve Sun Measurements
2012-06-05 08:42:08

The RHESSI (Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager) satellite focuses on the highest energy x-rays and gamma-rays produced by the sun, helping to observe solar flares of all shapes and sizes. The satellite is pointed toward the sun, and constantly in rotation, which provides a serendipitous bit of side research: by monitoring the limb of the sun on its four second rotation cycle, RHESSI´s Solar Aspect System (SAS) has produced ten years worth of precise measurements of the sun's...

Transit Of Venus Only A Day Away...Are You Prepared?
2012-06-04 10:00:17

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com If you aren't looking up towards the sun tomorrow with the proper eye equipment, then a special moment is going to pass you by. The Transit of Venus is taking place on Tuesday, and it will not be seen again until 2117. The transits of Venus occur in pairs once every 100 years, so this upcoming transit is the last until the next generation gets their opportunity. Astronaut Don Pettit is up in the International Space Station armed...

Strawberry Moon Eclipse A Week Away
2012-05-30 03:31:42

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com [ Watch the Video ] A strawberry moon may sound like a delicious dessert to some, but for astronomers it´s a dish that will fulfill their lunar eclipse appetite next Monday. At 3:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 4, the Moon will pass directly behind the Earth, producing the first lunar eclipse of 2012. The eclipse will be visible in North and South America, Australia, eastern parts of Asia, and across the Pacific Ocean. The Strawberry...


Latest Transit of Venus Reference Libraries

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2009-03-03 20:44:01

Antonio Abetti (June 19, 1846 "“ February 20, 1928) was an Italian astronomer born in San Pietro di Gorizia. He earned a degree in mathematics and engineering at the University of Padua. He Later became director of the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (otherwise known as the Arcetri Observatory) and became a professor at the University of Florence. In 1874 Antonio Abetti was part of an expedition led by Pietro Tacchini to observe a transit of Venus with a spectroscope. The crater...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Positional Astronomy -- Positional astronomy is the study of the positions of celestial objects. This is the oldest branch of astronomy and dates back to antiquity. Observations of celestial objects are important for religious and astrological purposes, as well as for timekeeping. Ancient structures associated with positional astronomy include: -- Chichn Itz -- The Medicine Wheel -- The Pyramids -- Stonehenge -- The Temple of the Sun The unaided human eye can...

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