The Venus Transit 2004

The Venus Transit 2004

European Science & Technology Week 2004 European Southern Observatory European Association for Astronomy Education Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Observatoire de Paris Institut de Mécanique Céleste et de Calcul des Éphémérides (IMCCE)
Last update: 2004 Jun 08 05:04 CEST
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VT-2004 No. of registered participants : 1995
No. of observers with timings : 0
No. of timings sent : 0
Official value of 1 AU : 149597870 km
Calculated AU : 0 km
Dispersion : ± 0 km
Absolute Difference : -149597870 km
Difference as percentage: 100.000 %

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Udaipur Solar Observatory - India Udaipur Solar Observatory
H-alpha - 6-inch refractor
June 7, 2004, 13:46 UT
Udaipur (India)
Display Window 1 SOHO-LASCO - C2 (ESA)
June 7, 2004 (Animated GIF)
Prepared by Bob Tubbs (Leiden)
Latest Comment (June 8, 03:00 UT) : The DAY OF THE TRANSIT has begun - the VT-2004 team is here to accompany you through this unique experience! A look at the latest weather images from Meteosat indicate good observing conditions over most of Europe! Soon we will begin to display images of the Sun taken this morning by professional telescopes. The image to the left was obtained yesterday from the Udaipur solar Observatory in India (we hope soon to have new ones from this morning). It shows the full solar disc in the light of hydrogen (0.05 nm passband centered on the H-alpha line) and displays various active regions, including some "sunspots", regions that are somewhat cooler than the surroundings. Venus is now very close to the Sun in the C2-image from SOHO-LASCO (right), approaching it from the left. The movie from SOHO/LASCO (middle; click on image to see) shows Venus moving closer to the Sun during June 7.
While you are preparing for todays' event, why don't you get into the right mood by listening to John Philip Sousa's "Venus Transit March" from 1882?
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