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CAA Presents: Venus Transit Party!

Sponsored and hosted by the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, Cleveland State University, and Baldwin-Wallace College:

A rare transit of Venus will occur on 6/5/12... it will be the last such occurrence for over 100 years! CFT member Tim Campbell will be one of the hosts for the Venus Transit Party:

"The transit itself starts at appr 6:04PM and will continue until well after the sun has set, but we will be catching a good two hours of this event... There will be anywhere from 30-50 telescopes there along with vendors and exhibitors. There will be planets coming up in early evening so we'll be viewing more than just the sun and Venus (weather gods permitting)."

"But even if the weather is cloudy, there will be video screens with video from mountaintop scopes."

See you there :)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Once in a life time! It was great to see so many youth there and to bump into others we know from the museum. Tooten blessed us with some fine weather as well. I wish I could have stayed for the viewing after dark.

    June 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I had seen the water prayer people. But it was amazing and (in the grown-up, serious sense of the word), "awesome."

    June 6, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Hope everyone had a good time! Saw the few I recognized from the group! Only about a thousand people were on had, and the crowd really was not a problem. Sorry if earlier media estimates kept anyone away. And the clouds disappeared right on time! Great to see those I saw!!!

    1 · June 6, 2012

  • Marni H.

    Great fun, kinda cold out, but nice. The park was lovely and really crowded! It was great to see so many people interested in this. People had some really awesome telescopes out, and there were exciting things to see!

    June 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great time! I'm glad we got to assemble at Edgewater Park. It was like a nerd Wood Stock.

    June 6, 2012

  • Suzy W.

    It was so good to see so many local people come out for this event!! To actually see Venus in front of the sun through a telescope while it was occurring was awesome! Thanks, Tim, for setting up this event!!

    June 6, 2012

  • Mark T.

    The weather gods were kind! I enjoyed this immensely, and was thrilled to see a solar prominence upon my first view through a solar scope. Thanks Tim C. for providing some excellent views!

    June 5, 2012

  • Mark T.

    Re: Christine- saw you driving in, I was standing near the concession stand... I waved, but it looked like you were concentrating on finding a spot. Glad you enjoyed it, though! Re: Sam- I agree!

    June 5, 2012

  • Sam S.

    That was awesome. And Tim C. is the shiznuski.

    June 5, 2012

  • Dave H.

    Great time! I was impressed by the variety of telescopes available to look through; and was greatly surprised when, like my friend Mark, I could actually see not only sunspots and their details through many of the telescopes, but could actually see solar prominences through the solar lyman alpha telescope. And, a wonderful sunset!!!

    June 5, 2012

  • Mark T.

    Tim C with telescope & several members are along the small path along the lake, about 300 feet to the left of fishing pier. Saw solar prominence & sunspots!

    1 · June 5, 2012

  • Mark T.

    5:28 people starting to pour in suggest heading straight towards the scopes. Concession open til 10pm-

    June 5, 2012

  • Mark T.

    Lurking near concession stand 5:15... jean jacket w/CFT button

    June 5, 2012

  • Kristen C.

    I'm sadly changing my attendance status. I think an estimation of thousands of people are a few too many for me. haha Hope everyone enjoys!

    June 5, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Probably hyperbole, G. But this has been publicized and we made 5000 solar observers to give out! So who knows?!!! Would like a good showing and hopefully clear skies!!!! And tell Sam to come down when he can! This wil be going until sun goes down around 9, and then we'll be looking at planets and whatever else we can spot!

    June 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This article says they expect thousands of people. Tim- is that plausible? http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/06/celestial_spectacle_expected_t.html

    June 5, 2012

  • Matt

    Looks like you guys will be joined by local adherents of Watersongline - a group looking to purify the Earth's waters through prayer (or something like that - billed as "A Healing of Our Emotional Waters"). Become enlightened at http://watersongline.com/

    June 5, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Don't despair folks. If you cannot get to Edgewater by 5, come later! The transit itself will last here in Cleveland area from 6 till after sunset (if we were inHawaii we would get the full six hours), so come when you can and look for a bunch of telescopes at the north end of the park! You won't miss us!!!

    June 5, 2012

  • Mark T.

    Ok- the 2nd link in my comment above doesn't work. The location of the telescopes is shown in this flyer: http://cuyastro.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/transit-of-venus-flier.pdf

    1 · June 4, 2012

  • Mark T.

    My cell # is[masked] in case anyone needs it... looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

    June 4, 2012

  • Mark T.

    Per Tim's suggestion, those of us who are arriving at 5pm or shortly thereafter can gather at the concession stand near the North parking lot. Map here: http://www.clevelandlakefront.org/images/Edgewaterpark.png If arriving later, I suggest heading directly to the observing area & looking for Tim C., who will be wearing a blue NASA ball cap. The rest of us will most likely be lurking nearby :) Map of the "scopes" area here: https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=bc504bf9d5&view=att&th=137b9f5b1e0

    June 4, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Cool, Jane! Please look me up!

    June 4, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Not a bad idea, Suzy. Chairs for sure. There are two snack bars at Edgewater, but they are basically hot dog/nachos type places! FYI, the scopes area will be at the north west corner of the park. NOT DOWN BY THE BEACH. Mark, you might want to set up a meeting place, perhaps by the northernmost snack bar or by the fishing pier, then come over to the scope area. Again, we will be supplying solar viewers!

    June 2, 2012

  • Suzy W.

    Guessing we should bring our dinner/ snacks and chairs.

    June 2, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Also, fyi, we are going to be supplying FREE solar viewers so that even if telescope time is limited, you will be able to safely view the transit!

    2 · May 29, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Observation of planets -- Saturn, Mars, Mercury -- will continue until 11PM. Public portion of event ends at 11.

    May 15, 2012

  • Tim C.

    This event is getting closer! FYI, we will be handing out free solar filters so that even if you are not able to spend a lot of time looking through one of the telescopes, you will be able to view the transit safely! There are also concession stands and bathrooms that will be available. Apparently, Dick Goddard is planning to be present also! Looking forward to seeing you all there! Open to the public at 5:00PM. Transit to begin at appr 6:00PM, transit ends when sun goes down!

    May 15, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Laura Smith again: No idea about bus routes! Might want to try to hook up with other members for a ride to and from!

    May 2, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Laura Smith: it will probably be crowded so planning a specific meetup location and time wil be important, but crowd control will be provided by the park rangers and Cleveland Police who will be there in force.

    May 2, 2012

  • Tim C.

    btw, folks, this is going to be a family-friendly event. Children (if controlled or leashed! lol) are more than welcome. There should be lots of stuff for everyone to see, but of course the main purpose is to observe this interesting event (the Transit). There will be a variety of scopes either with solar filters or dedicated solar scopes (those have built-in hydrogen-alpha filters that enable you to see the flares and coronas of the sun). It should be a pretty big deal, so come early!

    May 2, 2012

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