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Three months before the last transit of Venus this century, scientists are gathering at the Observatoire de Paris to finalize their observation plans in a workshop supported by the Europlanet Research Infrastructure and the EGIDE/PHC Sakura Program.
Scientists are seeking help from amateur astronomers in a global initiative dubbed the Eros Parallax Project, which aims to calculate the true scale of the solar system by measuring the orbit of a nearby asteroid.
On Friday evening, Feb. 27th, the 10% crescent Moon will glide by Venus, forming a gorgeous and mesmerizing pair of lights in the sunset sky.
On Wednesday, Mercury will pass directly between the Sun and the Earth. The innermost planet will be seen not as a bright point in the sky but as a tiny black dot, silhouetted against the brilliant surface of the Sun.
Scientists will observe Mercury in front of Venus from vantage points on earthbound mountains and with orbiting spacecraft.
Twenty-six years ago this Saturday, one of the universe's first beguiling beauties was visited by a probe from a distant admirer. On Dec. 4, 1978, the U.S. Pioneer Venus Orbiter became the first man- made object to orbit the planet Venus.
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...
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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