Venus transit 2012 FAQ

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Venus transit 2012 FAQ

Postby Davegn » Tue May 22, 2012 1:07 pm

Hi friends,

With just 2 more weeks to go, decided to do a short FAQ Venus transit which is happen on the 6th June 2012 for the newer members in the forum. Feel free to add if i have not covered enough on the topic. 

What is Venus transit?

It is an astronomical phenomenon where planet Venus would across the sun. During the transit, the planet Venus can be seen from earth as a small black disk moving across the sun. 

What is a transit?

A transit is similar to a solar eclipse by the moon

When is the next Venus transit after the 5/6 june 2012?

Venus transit are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. It would be an event of a lifetime. The next Venus transit would only be happening on 10-11 december 2117. 

Viewing time of Venus transit in Singapore?

We would miss the 1st contact. 

All timing are in Singapore standard time

Ingress: 
1st contact @ 6:09 am (not visible in singapore)
2nd contact @ 06.27 am (not visible in singapore, only visible after sunrise)

Greatest @ 09.28 am

Egress:
3rd contact @ 12.31 pm
4th contact @ 12.49 pm

How am i able to view the Venus transit?

A solar filter attached  a telescope, binos or a camera. 

Gary's post on how to DIY a solar filter
http://www.singastro.org/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=10857

Venus Transit 2012 as seen from Singapore
credits going to Gary for this Video!


A short video presentation on the venus transit




For more online reading
http://www.transitofvenus.org/
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/18may_venustransit/

The 3 major events happening in Singapore

(1) Galaxy Community Club (GCC)
Details: TBA
Website: http://home.galaxyastro.sg/
twitter: https://twitter.com/GalaxyAstronomy
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/50543565959/
Hashtags: #VenusTransitSG #VenusGCC

(2) National University of Singapore (NUS)
Details: http://www.science.nus.edu.sg/outreach/venustransit2012.html
Hashtags: #VenusTransitSG #VenusNUS

(3) Singapore Science Centre (SSC)
Date: 06 June 2012
Time: 09:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Singapore Science Centre (Omni-Theatre)
Details: http://goo.gl/CDjB3
Website: http://www.tasos.org.sg/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SCOB-Science-Centre-OBservatory/183389296588
Blog: http://scobbers.blogspot.com/
Hashtags: #VenusTransitSG #VenusSSC

Venus Transit Sidewalk gatherings

1) Transit of Venus @ Bishan Park McDonald's - 6 June 2012

Date: 6 June 2012
Time: 6.45pm to 1:00 pm
Venue: Bishan Park McDonald's --> http://www.singastro.org/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=10766&
Details: http://www.singastro.org/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=10929
Hashtags: #VenusTransitSG #VenusBishanPark

Live Webcasts
In the event of unfavorable weather, you may watch various live webcasts via the internet and your internet-enabled smart phone:

NASA
http://venustransit.nasa.gov/2012/transit/webcast.php

SLOOH
http://www.slooh.com/

USTREAM
http://www.ustream.com/ (search for "venus transit")
Last edited by Davegn on Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:00 am, edited 12 times in total.
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Re: Venus transit 2012 FAQ

Postby Gary » Tue May 22, 2012 3:55 pm

Hi Dave. Good job on the FAQ! You may also want to add links in the FAQ to useful online resources and videos about the upcoming Venus Transit.
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Re: Venus transit 2012 FAQ

Postby Davegn » Thu May 24, 2012 7:50 am

Videos and links to venus transit added. :mryellow:
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Re: Venus transit 2012 FAQ

Postby orly_andico » Thu May 24, 2012 8:39 am

er.. so this is on 6 June for us right?

i don't have a clear east view from home. Anybody going to do some sidewalk activity?

and where can I get more baader film?

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Re: Venus transit 2012 FAQ

Postby Gary » Mon May 28, 2012 1:37 pm

orly_andico wrote:er.. so this is on 6 June for us right?

i don't have a clear east view from home. Anybody going to do some sidewalk activity?

and where can I get more baader film?


Yes. 6 of June Singapore Time. Some of us *MAY* be doing Venus Transit sidewalk event on that day. Will post more info closer to the date. Else, just join the "big 3" event locations -- SSC, GCC, NUS.
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Re: Venus transit 2012 FAQ

Postby Davegn » Mon May 28, 2012 3:57 pm

Added the "big 3" :D
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Re: Venus transit 2012 FAQ

Postby weixing » Mon May 28, 2012 10:11 pm

Hi,
I had change this topic as sticky till after the transit, so that members can easily find it.

Have a nice day.
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Re: Venus transit 2012 FAQ

Postby Gary » Tue May 29, 2012 3:40 am

weixing wrote:Hi,
I had change this topic as sticky till after the transit, so that members can easily find it.

Have a nice day.


Good idea. Singastro posts about this event currently shows up on the first page when someone search for "Venus Transit Singapore" in google.com or google.com.sg.
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Re: Venus transit 2012 FAQ

Postby Davegn » Wed May 30, 2012 9:29 am

Added Venus transit sidewalk gathering

Thanks Weixing for the help in changing the topic to sticky.
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Re: Venus transit 2012 FAQ

Postby Davegn » Wed May 30, 2012 11:41 am

Added more info on the "big 3". :D
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