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INFORMATION UPDATE: Transit of Venus @ Douglas College


The Douglas College and RASC 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 Douglas College, and both RASC locations, 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!





This is not a RASC Vancouver event, but is posted here because it may be more convenient for some of you to get to than the RASC events at the Space Centre and SFU:

Douglas College will host a Transit of Venus viewing event at their New Westminster campus.

The address is:
Douglas College
700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster
(one block uphill from the New Westminster skytrain station)

Viewing will be on the fourth floor patio of the South Building (river side of the college) beside "The Gathering Place", the college's First Nations Welcome Centre.

The transit begins a few minutes after 3pm and continues until after sunset.

Contact: Jennifer Kirkey[masked] (work) or[masked] (cell)

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  • Cristi

    I took my daughters & they loved it!! Many thanks to Douglas College for facilitating & answering all the questions!! Oh and for the info pages as well!! Both of them (12 & 10) want to sign up for an astronomy course there when they finish high school!!

    June 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for having the class open for the viewing.

    Showed up for an hour to see the event and was pleased to experience the enthusiastically busy discourse of Jennifer Kirkey.
    The feed of the transit was excellent and site shifts quite good.
    I was kinda hoping for more GOES 15 views closeup but what the byte.$(KGrHqF,!hkE8ke0CyvpBPzuveJrbQ~~60_57.JPG

    Really glad the opportunity of meeting others was via this event.

    Thanks again


    June 6, 2012

  • Jennifer K.

    Just show up. There is room for hundreds on the balcony and we have 4 telescopes. The weather is likely not going to cooperate, but we will be there rom 230 pm until the sun sets. Live web cast will be broadcast on our big screen starting at 300 pm in room 3903. There will be lots of posters up, but head to the "south" building, which is on the river side of the college. Free parking today at the college as it is also graduation day.

    June 5, 2012

  • Michael N.

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


    June 3, 2012

  • Michael N.

    Driving to the Pine Mountain Observatory in Oregon Monday morning. Have room for two to share ride and fuel costs. We are taking our RV.


    June 3, 2012

  • Jennifer K.

    The telescopes will only be out if it is clear and dry, but we will be web casting live from Hawaii in room 3902. There will be lots of signs. The class room with the web cast is just a short walk from the patio where the telescopes will be set up - assuming it is not raining.

    June 1, 2012

  • Filomena

    Will this event be weather permitting? If it's raining or cloudy?

    June 1, 2012

  • Jennifer K.

    Thanks Harvey! Yes, at Douglas College we teach astronomy and so we have more than 50 eclipse glasses for viewing with your eyes. And we have 50 welding glasses as well. We will also have an 8 inch Celestron, with filter of course, to see it clearly and a 4 inch solar viewer with an H-alpha filter so we can look at any solar flares that might be visible that day. Pinhole cameras will also be staffed by the many wonderful science educators at the college.

    May 24, 2012

  • Harvey D.

    Jennifer has some eclipse shades to hand out.

    Canadian Telescopes and the Vancouver Telescope Centre both sell eclipse shades for a nominal fee (~$2 I think). For taking photos, Canadian Telescopes sells Baader film which you can use to make a filter for your camera.

    May 22, 2012

  • Harvey D.

    Jennifer has some eclipse shades to hand out at the Douglas College event. Both Canadian Telescopes and the Vancouver Telescope Centre sell eclipse shades. For taking photos, Canadian Telescopes has some of the Baader film that you can use to make a filter for your camera.

    May 22, 2012

  • Henry

    or where can I get those eclipse shades or welding filter if I want to try taking photos? Many thanks.

    May 21, 2012

  • Henry

    I'm interested in going. Will there be viewing glasses available?

    May 21, 2012

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