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Transit Of Venus

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 10:38:24 -0700
Fwd Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 15:21:14 -0400
Subject: Transit Of Venus

Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus 2004 [pdf, Microsoft Word, jpeg]


The Venus Transit 2004 [jpeg]


Transit of Venus [mpg, Macromedia Flash Player]


2004 and 2012 Transits of Venus


Transit of Venus, June 8th, 2004 [gif]


Project Venus 2004 [pdf]


The Rarest Eclipse: Transit of Venus [Macromedia Flash Player, pdf,
Microsoft Word]


The 1882 Transit of Venus: Observations from Wellington, South
Africa [pdf]


The Transit of Venus is similar to a solar eclipse, where - from
the perspective on Earth - Venus passes in front of the Sun.
This event does not happen very often. In fact, no one alive
today has experienced this phenomenon, which will take place on
June 8 and will be visible for most of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

First, the Armagh Planetarium created a great, expansive
informational site all about the Transit of Venus (1).

Users can find basic facts, observing information, histories of
past transits, and much more. Next, the European Southern
Observatory presents the VT-2004 project's aim to gain knowledge
and encourage public interest in the event (2).

Users can observe Venus's progression towards the transit with
the daily images from April 17, 2004 to present news updates.
Educators can discover transit-related activities and
educational materials. The third site, created by NASA,
discusses the details of the Sun-Earth Connection Education
Forum and San Francisco's Exploratorium's live webcast of the
Transit (3).

The site supplies enjoyable, educational materials for students,
educators, museums, scientists, and amateur astronomers. The
next site, also created by NASA, provides an introduction to the
Venus Transits that will take place June 2004 and 2012 (4).

Visitors can find helpful figures and text about the geographic
visibility of the events. The site offers an observer's handbook
as well as a discussion about the predictions of the event.
Next, Professor Backhaus presents a project where schools,
amateur astronomers, and universities will collaborate to gather
transit data and learn about observing (5).

Users can discover the six parts of the project as well as learn
how to participate in the worldwide endeavor. The sixth site
also discusses a Venus Transit project (6).

Endorsed by the Astronomical Association of Zurich, this
project's goals are to process data collected by amateur
astronomers by different observation methods, to act as a data
exchange center, and to determine the astronomical unit. Next,
the Exploratorium furnishes general information about the
Transit, its history, how viewers observe it, what it looks
like, and why it is an important event (7).

Users can find out about the live webcast that will begin on
June 7, 2004 from Athens, Greece. Educators can find student
activities developed to integrate discussions into the

Lastly, Willie Koorts, an employee at the South African
Astronomical Observatory, recounts the observations of
scientists in Africa of the last transit of Venus (8). The site
contains many historical photographs along with informational
diagrams and figures. [RME]

From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright
Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.


- "Only a zit on the wart on the heinie of progress." Copyright
1992, Frank Rice

Terry W. Colvin, Sierra Vista, Arizona (USA)

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