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2012-03-10 08:00:00

Rainbow Symphony Inc. announces how to protect eyesight when viewing this year's great solar events - Annular Solar Eclipse and Transit of Venus 2012 with Eclipse Shades® CE certified Eclipse Glasses and Safe Solar Viewers. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 10, 2012 Rainbow Symphony Inc. announces new inexpensive Eclipse Shades® that allow safe direct viewing of the astronomical event of the century. This spring, people around the world will be treated to a pair of rare astronomical...

Image 1 - Counting Down To The Transit Of Venus
2012-03-05 10:05:10

[ Watch the Video ] 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. The transit of Venus on 5-6 June 2012 will give scientists two important opportunities for science: firstly, to use Venus as an example of a transiting exoplanet.  Astronomers will use the transit to test the...

Astronomers Seek Help From Public To Measure True Size Of Solar System
2012-02-02 05:40:10

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. The 20-mile-wide Eros 433 is one of the largest near-Earth asteroids, with a highly elliptical orbit that brings it within 20 million miles of Earth every two years or so. Eros is currently making its closest approach to Earth since 1975, coming within 16.6 million miles ...

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2009-02-26 15:50:00

Be careful, this sort of thing can cause an accident. 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. Moon-Venus conjunctions are not unusual, but this conjunction has some special qualities: (1) Venus is at maximum brightness: magnitude -4.6. The planet is twenty times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. It is so luminous that it can actually shine through thin clouds and cast...

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2006-11-08 17:05:00

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. Although this spectacle is not visible from Europe, the ESA-NASA solar satellite SOHO will be watching. Such a crossing is known as a transit. From Earth's vantage point, only Mercury and Venus transit the Sun, because these are the only planets inside Earth's orbit. In the...

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2006-11-02 15:10:00

Scientists from Williams College and the University of Arizona will observe Mercury in front of Venus from vantage points on earthbound mountains and with orbiting spacecraft on Wednesday. Nov. 8. Jay Pasachoff of Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts) and Glenn Schneider of the Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona) will be perched at the University of Hawaii's solar observatory, at the rim of the giant Haleakala crater at an altitude of 10,000 feet on the...

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2004-11-30 03:00:00

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. Of the all the wonders of the night sky spied by man, none has ever come close to the majesty of Venus. Throughout history, Earth's sister planet has been the subject of devotion, admiration and even religious veneration as the celestial manifestation of a...


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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