Eyes on the Sky: May 28 thru Jun 3
Venus Transit: Transit lunar craters, transit history, and more
The Transit of Venus across the face of the Sun only occurs twice every 100+ years. On June 5/6 (depending on where you are in the world; it will be on the 5th in the United States), the last chance humans will have to see the disk of Venus transit across the face of the Sun will occur. Accurately calculating the times the transit occurred in the past helped astronomers hundreds of years ago to calculate the distance from the Earth to the Sun, also known as the Astronomical Unit (AU). Because these transit viewings and calculations were so important to understanding the size of our own solar system, quite a few craters on the Moon have been named after astronomers of the past involved in these efforts. This week’s video takes a look at some of these craters, astronomers, and prepares you for this last-in-our-lifetime transit. Check it out, and “see what’s up” in the sky this week.
Lots of links about the Venus Transit
For times and dates of when you can see the transit, click here.
Eyes on the Sky’s solar safety video can be seen here, along with ways to make safe solar viewing equipment.
Charts for finding/viewing the Horrocks/Halley craters on the Moon: COMING SOON
Thread by Paulie about Venus Transit lunar craters at Chicago Astronomer site.
For a lot of wonderful information about the transit, see transitofvenus.org
Here’s how to safely photograph the transit.
- Eyes on the Sky: April 30 thru May 6(heavenswithlamps.wordpress.com)
- Eyes on the Sky: May 7 thru May 13 (heavenswithlamps.wordpress.com)
- Eyes on the Sky: May 14 thru May 20(heavenswithlamps.wordpress.com)
- Eyes on the Sky: May 21 thru May 27 (heavenswithlamps.wordpress.com)
Posted on May 28, 2012, in Hot News, Weekly Vodcast and tagged amateur astronomy, Astronomy, constellations, Education, Night Sky, Stars, Sun, Telescopes Binoculars and Accessories, Transit of Venus, Venus. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.