transit of Venus, the beach, pot luck and bbq, Tuesday, June 5, starting at 3 PM

  • June 5, 2012 · 3:00 PM
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many thanks to Tina, now scheduled to bring sun filters to the transit event.  if you have more, or a safe telescope, i recommend you bring them.  Rick

 

dear friends—

we invite you to a truly unique experience, a once in a lifetime (unless you saw it in 2004).  on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, from 4:04 CDT till the sun sets in Lake Michigan at 8:22, you can watch the planet Venus slowly move across the face of the sun (with proper equipment, of course).  you can bring your own #14 welder's glass or astronomical solar filter, or we can provide it to pass around.  i am hoping we can have a telescope with a sun filter for better viewing (any volunteers with scopes would be most appreciated).  if you miss this one, the next won't happen for 105 years, and it will be in December. . .brrr!

This is not like a solar eclipse:  since Venus is so much farther away than the moon, it will subtend a much smaller fraction of the solar disc, and will not visibly dim the sun or be noticeable to anyone not looking for it.  But we will be looking for it, viewing it safely thru our #14 welder's glass or solar filters, which can be ordered from a website if you don’t already have one (www.rainbowsymphony.com). You can also make a Pin-Hole Projector ( http://www.eaaa.net/pinhole.htm ) out of free materials you can find in most modern households or workplaces (a cardboard box, a sheet of white paper, and a pin).

Viewing the sun without such equipment is, of course, VERY DANGEROUS and should NOT be done, even for the shortest time.  it is also inadvisable to view the event thru a telescope with a solar filter on the eyepiece , because the intense magnified rays of the sun have been known to shatter the glass of these filters, causing several dangerous situations.

if anyone takes pictures of the transit or our event, please post them on the meetup site.

these transits occur in pairs about once a century.  at the last one in June of 2004, 11 of us from this group met before sunrise at Oak st beach in Chicago, viewed the transit till about 8 AM.  member Bill Chin brought his telescope, as did some strangers we met at the beach, and while waiting we hung out and swam in the lake.  after that we had breakfast together then went our merry ways.

this time, we will meet at my house in Beverly Shores, and go to the beach nearby.  I’m not sure we whether we will have a telescope, but maybe some strangers will have some set up and let us take a look.  Tina will have a solar filter or two, but if you have your own, please bring them.  we can check out the transit at the beach as long as we wish.  the black disk of Venus will travel slowly across the top of the solar face from left to right over a period of hours.  as we are watching, we can hang out on the sand, or have a brisk swim in the lake.  let's hope for a crystal clear day like we had in 2004.

When we have had enough, we can retire to my house 8 blocks away, and enjoy a bbq and pot luck dinner, hang out, maybe play some games, etc.  We can still observe the transit from my deck, and if we wish, can go back down to the beach to see the sun set over the lake with the transit still in progress.

if anyone wishes to attend, there will be a naturalist led viewing at the State Park beach pavilion starting at 7 PM.

Here is a timetable of events

3:00   CDT     please arrive at my house

3:30   CDT     walk about 10 minutes down to the beach, find a spot and set up any equipment we have (if you get to my house late, just walk straight down Broadway to the beach.  we will be down on the beach not far away.  if you can't find us, call me at[masked], but sometimes cell phone reception at the lakefront is spotty.  if you drive and can't find a parking space, drive back and park at my house.  don't park anywhere the slightest bit irregular--both the town police and the rangers are very quick to ticket and tow.

4:04   CDT     1st contact (leading edge of Venus tangent with leading edge of sun--transit begins)

4:21   CDT   2nd contact (trailing edge of Venus tangent with leading edge of sun)

Sometime after this, we can return to my house for a bbq and pot luck, we will start grilling, and bring out the other food too.  We will keep the grill going for whatever you would like to bring to toss on it, so feel free to bring some meat (real or fake), fish, vegetables, tofu or what-have-you to cook. side dishes like pasta, baked beans, a potato dish, etc, or any other dishes, snacks, wine, etc are welcome too. If you are coming on the train, or its otherwise inconvenient to bring something, dont worry, well have enough.

maybe we will go back to the beach to see the sunset

8:22   CDT   sun sets over the lake

since the sun will have set, the rest of the transit will be invisible to us. I had originally planned to spend the whole time at the beach, and go out to Wagner's ribs for dinner after sunset, but this would make things awfully late for a weeknight, and, unique as it is, I’m not sure we will want to spend a continuous 4 hours viewing it.

Of course if it’s continuously cloudy—all bets are off—try again in 2117!  : )

hope to see you at this unique event,

Rick

directions & parking instructions:

by car from Chicago: (driving time from downtown is about 1 hour 15 minutes) follow I-90 (Kennedy-Dan Ryan) East; at exit 59A, be sure to follow signs to "Chicago Skyway/Indiana Toll road"--the Skyway will turn into the Indiana Toll rd at the state line:  tolls can be paid with I-pass or cash; at I-90 exit 21, get onto I-94, be sure to go East (marked Detroit); exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; continue to US 12 east, continue on US 12 about 4 miles to Broadway (traffic light opposite National Lakeshore campground, gas station & liquor store on corner) and turn left; continue about 1/2 mile past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road; street parking is not allowed in Beverly Shores, but our gracious neighbors, Henry & Mary are allowing us to use their parking spaces across the street (don't block their driveway!)  if these spaces are taken, go to the end of our driveway and park on the right side, if someone is in that spot, park on the left side, next person park in the middle, following persons, go as far forward as you can and park single file in the driveway:  if all the driveway spaces are taken, call me at [masked], or ring the doorbell and I'll give you instructions; please try to arrive by 3:00, we will wait till 3:30, then depart for the beach on foot.

from Northwest, West, or South suburbs: follow the TriState tollway (I-294) east until it merges with I-94 east; exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; go north to US 12 east (exit on left), continue on US 12 about 4 miles to Broadway (traffic light opposite National Lakeshore campground, gas station & liquor store on corner) and turn left; continue about 1/2 mile past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road; street parking is not allowed in Beverly Shores, but our gracious neighbors, Henry & Mary are allowing us to use their parking spaces across the street (don't block their driveway!) if these spaces are taken, go to the end of our driveway and park on the right side, if someone is in that spot, park on the left side, next person park in the middle, following persons, go as far forward as you can and park single file in the driveway:  if all the driveway spaces are taken, call me at [masked], or ring the doorbell and I'll give you instructions; please try to arrive by 3:00, we will wait till 3:30, then depart for the beach on foot.

by the South Shore line: get the South Shore at the Metra Electric stations at 2:35 PM at Randolph, or at Van Buren, Roosevelt rd, Hyde Park, etc; take the train to the Beverly Shores station (you will have to tell the conductor you're getting off because it is a flag stop); train arrives at 4:04; we will probably already be at the lake at that time.  call me at [masked], and I will let you know if someone can pick you up or if you will need to walk to the lake.  if so, please walk north on Broadway till you come to the beach.  look for us there, or call my cell phone.  sometime cell phone reception is bad at the lakefront—I apologize if you cant reach me, but it probably should be easy enough to find us. check the website below for trains returning to Chicago; you also may be able to get a ride back to the city from someone else

here is the South Shore website: http://www.nictd.com/....


The Dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California. They constitute a signature of time and eternity. --Carl Sandburg

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  • Tina L.

    Great

    June 11, 2012

  • Judy

    Thank you Rick , once again, a great time was had by all! You have a big heart and a generous genuine spirit

    June 6, 2012

  • Grace H.

    Another great party!!

    June 6, 2012

  • Lorraine

    Great event and very fun night! Thanks to Rick for his warm hospitality and to Venus for getting us all together!

    June 6, 2012

  • Salma W.

    Absolutely funtabulous!

    June 6, 2012

  • Diane

    fun. Informative, and lots of good people.

    June 6, 2012

  • Patti

    Transit of Venus??? I knew we forgot something when we were having such a GREAT time!

    June 5, 2012

  • Rick M.

    Venus was a bit elusive, but not the warm, friendly, outgoing group that gathered today--a great time

    June 5, 2012

  • Connie

    Rick, et al., I am unfortunately unable to secure a scope as my camera club friend will be somewhere else with his and I have another friend who I just spoke with who teaches astronomy at Purdue Calumet and he has a scope and will be on top of the campus parking garage with it, projecting images on a monitor for all to see (and he will also be doing some photography at the same time). Per your request, Rick, I will ask these gentlemen if they will send you images for your viewing.

    June 4, 2012

  • M.E.

    Connie, thanks.

    June 4, 2012

  • Connie

    M.E. ~ I would gladly give you a ride but I am camping with Judy and will already be at Beverly Shores. Looking forward to seeing you again (and everyone). This is going to be a wonderful outing. Thanks for organizing, Rick. :-)

    June 4, 2012

  • M.E.

    Anyone driving from Chicago who wishes to carpool? - if so, please send me a message.

    June 4, 2012

  • Connie

    Dinner would be nice, Rick...let's touch base closer to the date. What are your dinner suggestions?

    May 22, 2012

  • Rick M.

    Judy/Connie--let me know if you do camp out--i should be there Monday night, maybe we could have dinner together at my house or a restaurant

    1 · May 18, 2012

  • Connie

    Judy I would be interested in camping with you...

    May 18, 2012

  • Lindsey

    A better offer than Venus??? Well those shorts can go anywhere...

    May 16, 2012

  • Bob D.

    Sorry to miss this one, but something came up instead. Thoughts are with all who can go...knowing Rick, it will be great. I even had a special pair of shorts to wear for Lynne...

    May 15, 2012

  • Deb M.

    I LOVE the Nat Lakeshore campground too, esp. the walk in sites.

    May 7, 2012

  • Rick M.

    Judy, try Zak, he often camps at the Nat Lakeshore campground--and yes, it is less than a mile from my house

    May 7, 2012

  • Judy

    I think I may camp @ (preferably) the National Lakeshore campground (very close to Ricks'), or the Dunes State Park, for the Transition of Venus event. Anybody interested in being my neighbor ??? Judy

    May 4, 2012

  • Bob D.

    Hi Tina, The lens in the scope has a detachable sun filter to it so we can switch from power to power. I am worried that the refraction of the lens may be out of line...but I hope not.

    April 12, 2012

  • Tina L.

    Bob, I found the sun filter online, brand is celestron, 1.25 inch, on website say it is universal product. Does it match your scope? If it is match, I can buy.

    April 12, 2012

  • Tina L.

    Rick, I bought 5 pairs of glasses, special for solar eclipse, use Germany Bard film. 4 for my family, 1 for share.

    April 12, 2012

  • Connie

    Rick...thank you for the very kind offer to stay overnight. He doesn't want to miss this event, so provided it is not a formal outing with our camera club (it's not on the schedule as of now), we will figure out something, even if he gets there later than others. I see Bob has offered his, but having two can't hurt. :-)

    March 26, 2012

  • Bob D.

    Rick, I will drop off my scope the weekend of the Loop hike. We can try it out since it has not been used for many years, a pre-test if you will.

    1 · March 24, 2012

  • Rick M.

    thank you--if there is anything that will make it easier for him, like staying overnight, or bringing his scope around the night before, let me know

    1 · March 23, 2012

  • Connie

    Rick...I found someone with a scope in my camera club, but he is not sure he can make it due to work and I am not sure yet if I can use the scope without him, but I will keep you posted... Looking very forward to this and thanks for hosting. :-)

    March 23, 2012

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