Second contact as viewed in the light of hydrogen atoms with the newly purchased Lunt solar scope and camera at Stardome Observatory in Auckland. Image courtesy Stardome Observatory and planetarium This is the third and last of a short series of reports on the observations of the 2012 transit of Venus from across Australia and New Zealand.
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Astronomy is a wonderful subject. Most people have a basic curiosity of the Universe around us and as long as they don’t stay in the heart of a bright city, most get to experience its beauty from time to time.
Mark Rigby, the Curator of the Brisbane Planetarium, points out Venus on the Sun. Photo Mark Rigby The last 21st century transit of Venus to be observable from Earth was on 6 June 2012 and was seen by many thousands of people from around Australia and New Zealand.
Well, the transit of Venus is over for 105 years. We think we'll let others plan the next one.... Meanwhile, we thought we'd like to share some of the images that didn't make it into our blog earlier, and also to introduce you to the staff and volunteers who brought astronomical joy to so many visitors to Sydney Observatory on the day, and who ended the day by sharing a drink and some cake together: Here is a picture of the Sydney Observatory staff and volunteers who enriched the transit of Venus experience for our visitors: Staff and volunteers put their hearts and souls into the transit, and it is problematic to name people for fear of missing important people out.
Martin George (in front of telescope) showing the transit, using the projection method, to a crowd of people in Campbell Town, Tasmania. Picture Karenne Barnes Here on this Sydney Observatory blog we have already discussed the wonderful event at Sydney Observatory on the day and there are still some further posts to come.
Catherine Rowe , curatorial intern from the University of Sydney, reports on her experiences: Its here! Its arrived! No not the transit of Venus .......but the John Shelton Clock! I think that my excitement over the transit of Venus is contageous!
Two avid Sydney stargazers - Daphne and Dom Gonzalvez - have kindly agreed to share their experience of the 2012 transit of Venus at Sydney Observatory.... Here is their story: When Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s canine friend wrote, “It was a dark and stormy night…” he could have been writing about the night of 5 June.
A parfocal image of the transit through a 70-mm lens telescope near mid-transit. Nick Lomb Wonderful views of the transit were seen from Siding Spring Observatory, the home of Australia’s largest telescopes, near the town of Coonabarabran in NSW.
Our arrival to the island was the culmination of over 24 hours of sailing. The initially projected time became possible thanks to the favorable winds. The captain had suggested 2:00 pm arrival time and at 1:53 pm we were crossing the north end of the island.
The following has been edited from the video that was shot from Sydney Observatory's north dome through a Skywatcher 500mm telescope with an Optical Density 5 Filter, which was live-streamed for the duration of the transit of Venus - from 8.16am to 2.44pm on Wednesday 6 June 2012.
Among those who observed the transit of Venus at Sydney Observatory on 6 June was Professor John Seiradakis (pictured at right; photo by Irma Havlicek), from the Astronomy Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Here's a shot of visitors getting a clear view of today's transit of Venus. It wasn't always clear - but the clouds parted often enough that visitors were able to get clear views from either our many solar telescopes or solar binoculars or through their solar specs.
One of our all-day visitors dressed for the part with these astronomically colourful leggings. Here she is enjoying the view through one of Sydney Observatory's solar binoculars. Photo by Vanessa Jacob.
Sydney Observatory visitors have been thrilling to views of this 2012 transit of Venus. It had been in doubt earlier because of cloud and rain - but our hopes have been rewarded with ample (if intermittent) views of Venus transitting the Sun.
Here is the big Moon that greeted the keen early arrivers at Sydney Observatory, hoping against hope for a clear sky for today's transit of Venus. (Mind, staff and volunteers had already been here for some time.