INFORMATION UPDATE: The transit of Venus with the RASC at two locations

HERE'S AN UPDATE AS OF JUNE 5 AT 11AM!

The RASC and Douglas College transit events are rain or shine!

The RASC is at two locations: SFU, and Vanier Park (if we can see the Sun) or inside the Space Centre (if we can't).

Volunteers will stand by with telescopes at both RASC locations, and at Douglas College, until near sunset, in case there is even partial clearing! Live feeds from observatories in Hawaii will also be available at all three locations. And all three locations will be ready by 2:30PM.

At Douglas College, it's Room 3903 for both the simulcast and observing, and you can contact Jennifer Kirkey at[masked] for more information, including real-time updates on their status.

For the SFU event, you can contact Ciara Morgan-Feir at[masked] for updates, and it's room AQ4150 for both the simulcast and for observing, one floor up from the main south concourse of the Academic Quadrangle. A specialized telescope that offers stunning views of solar activity will be available. The location of the SFU event is circled in red on this campus map.

Finally, we'll be at the Space Centre - unless the there is even partial clearing, in which case we will relocate to Vanier Park, near the big rectangle. We will also have specialized solar telescopes at the ready. The Space Centre will have a simulcast and other activities - admission by donation - and they will open the GMSO if skies clear.
Keep rooting for clear(ing) skies this afternoon evening!

 

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On June 5th, Venus will transit across the face of the Sun, something that won't happen again until December 2117. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Venus for more info on the transit and its role in measuring the size of our solar system.

The transit begins a few minutes after 3pm. By 3:23pm, the entire disc of Venus will be in front of the Sun. Venus will continue to move across the face of the sun until after sunset.

RASC Vancouver Centre will host two transit viewing events, one in Vanier Park by the HR MacMillan Space Centre and another at Simon Fraser University, in the southwest corner of the Academic Quadrangle courtyard.

Weather permitting, we will have telescopes and projectors set up to view the transit, along with sunspots and other solar features.

Rain or shine, the SFU site will have a screen showing a video feed of the transit as seen from Hawaii.

The location of the SFU event is circled in red on this campus map.  Recommended parking locations are outlined in black.

 

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  • Philippa

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fi...­
    Hope this link is easier to access, NASA SDO high resolution image posted in Wikipedia.

    June 7, 2012

  • Philippa

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wik...­
    Found the NASA high resolution SDO image on their site.

    June 7, 2012

  • Philippa

    http://www.sciops.esa.int/index...­
    Here I hope is a link to a nice NASA close up of the Venus transit, can't find the awesome 1, I saw yesterday on the NASA site, will keep trying. Philippa

    June 7, 2012

  • Sean R.

    Victoria was good. There was clearing around the strait there.

    June 6, 2012

  • Sean R.

    Traffic was fine. It was two hours from Vancouver.

    June 6, 2012

  • Leigh C.

    I just posted a photo of the "Transit of Venus" cookies that awaited me when I got home. It was the only view I got with my naked eye.

    June 6, 2012

  • Leigh C.

    The Simon Fraser University Student Astronomy Club did a bang up job of logistics for this event. On behalf of myself and the other RASC volunteers I wish to thank them for all they did. Apparently they have not learned how to control the weather yet. Keep at it guys. I had a fun time in spite of the weather.

    June 6, 2012

  • Peter B. L.

    Apparently, according to one of my internet flying buddies, there was a viewing opportunity in the Victoria area.

    June 6, 2012

  • Philippa

    Congratulations on the great photos! Hope the drive down to Anacortes was not too busy with traffic.

    June 6, 2012

  • Philippa

    Well I just saved your pictures to my laptop, thanks for sharing :)

    June 6, 2012

  • J.Karl M.

    At the Planetarium. There were lots of people, many questions. A successful event. Too bad we got clouded out

    June 6, 2012

  • Sean R.

    I posted some of my better pictures. I checked the forecast models for clouds and went for it. If the forecasts were better for Vancouver, I would have stayed.

    June 6, 2012

  • Harvey D.

    Congratulations on your perseverance, Sean! The clouds certainly didn't part for us at SFU.

    June 6, 2012

  • Angela S

    You dirty rat Sean :P Look forward to seeing your pics.

    June 6, 2012

  • Sean R.

    I got some pictures from Deception Pass near Anacortes, WA. I missed the beginning because of clouds but I still had around 2 hours of good viewing!

    1 · June 6, 2012

  • Angela S

    When can we all come for dinner Shawn :)
    btw it's a Harpergelical conspiracy!

    June 5, 2012

  • Shawn C.

    It could very well be a conspiracy. I mean, we had wonderful weather all the way up to a day before the annular eclipse. Even my brother in Calgary, with his fancy little Ha scope was clouded out. :-( My south bound trip was a bust, so I am back home in wet Vancouver. Just past Seattle, we hit really bad rain showers and a near accident. I decided it wasn't worth it so I turned back. Oh well, at least we picked up some inexpensive cheese, milk, butter, eggs, and gas. :-)

    1 · June 5, 2012

  • Peter B. L.

    Not at all, Howard. I haven't seen it again. It was pretty close to the zenith, so less chance of another sighting now that I am looking through more clouds. It happened before the event started, so I am watching the feed from Slooh. My minuscule hope of actually seeing it (undigitally) has long since evaporated.

    June 5, 2012

  • Angela S

    Live feeding at the Billy Bishop Legion, binoculars prepped. We have a garden/sidewalk for scopes, binos, free wifi, live feed inside - come and have a bevvy!

    June 5, 2012

  • Howard T.

    Hi Peter: Glad to hear you had some luck. None here at the Space Centre :(.
    Would you mind if I tweeted your message on the RASCVan Twitter feed?

    June 5, 2012

  • Peter B. L.

    I saw the sun through a thin spot in the overcast from Squamish a few minutes ago. I woke up in a foul mood this morning, feeling as if the Cosmos were conspiring against me, but now I have a modicum of hope. I have my 90mm achromat ready on a moment's notice for any brightening of the sky. I definitely won't be around in 2049.

    2 · June 5, 2012

  • Shawn C.

    Hello Howard... that is why I choose "virtually". :-)
    I witnessed the 2004 transit (http://www.flickr.com/photos/97...­)... and I was even more prepared this time but I guess my error was relocating to the West Coast. Grrr... no, really I love it here (otherwise).

    I am actually heading south to an open patch (maybe?) in Southern Washington.

    Good luck to everyone. Remember, there is always the transit of Mercury in 2049. :-)

    1 · June 5, 2012

  • Howard T.

    Hi Shawn: The operational word in the meteorological science is "virtually" no chance ;). For a last chance event like this, it's worth staying prepared until the last :).

    June 5, 2012

  • Shawn C.

    @Michael - I was looking into travel as well... but the cloud cover is pretty much blanketing the entire province and all the way down to about Oregon... then it's clear skies south.

    June 5, 2012

  • Shawn C.

    Bad news folks... there is virtually no chance of clear skies until the end of the week. Don't mean to be a pessimist, just stating scientific fact. :-(

    FYI
    However, there are two real-time sites broadcasting the event:

    http://venustransit.nasa.gov/tr...­
    http://events.slooh.com/­

    Perhaps the next celestial event might favour us? :-]
    Happy clear skies... elsewhere!

    June 5, 2012

  • Howard T.

    PLEASE NOTE: the RASC and Douglas College transit events are rain or shine! Check both Meetup listings for new information on our plans for rain or shine!

    June 5, 2012

  • Michael N.

    Sorry, the weather in Oregon seems to have gone south...
    Will consider going to Fresno, but longer drive...

    Mike

    June 3, 2012

  • Michael N.

    Forgot my phone...604-[masked]

    Mike for the ride

    June 3, 2012

  • Michael N.

    Hi,
    Am drivinmg to the Pine Mountain Observatory in Oregon Monday Morning. Have room for two to share fuel costs, and will be travelling in our RV.

    Mike

    June 3, 2012

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