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Local transit celebrations

No doubt the explorers of the long transit expeditions of the 18th century found ways to entertain themselves while they waited to make their precious measurements. Here in Svalbard the locals are counting down the final hour to transit with … Continue reading

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Transit minus seven hours

It’s around seven hours to first contact and the Svalbard teams are uncovering their telescopes to make final checks and prepare for a night of observing. The sky is clear in places, but clouds currently hanging over the mountains could … Continue reading

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Venus approaches the Sun

Venus appeared in the field of view of ESA/NASA’s SOHO satellite on 1 June, and has been fast approaching ahead of transit on 5-6 June. SOHO’s LASCO instrument won’t be able to see the transit because its coronagraph blocks out … Continue reading

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ESA’s missions gear up for the transit of Venus

Here’s a quick-look summary of what we can expect from our space-based missions during the transit: Venus Express: solar occultation experiment – using the Sun’s light to analyse Venus’ atmosphere, an important technique for exoplanet studies. Proba-2: Watching for the … Continue reading

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Voyage to the midnight sun

Last night the Venus Express science working team, along with ground-based observing teams and media crew here to cover the transit, took a break from meetings to enjoy a boat ride out to the glaciers of Spitsbergen under the midnight … Continue reading

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The transit of Venus – live from the Arctic!

In Europe’s most northerly town of Longyearbyen, teams of scientists are preparing to observe the last transit of Venus of this century using ground-based telescopes. From ESA’s Space Astronomy Center (ESAC), Michel Breitfellner and Miguel Perez Ayucar – who are … Continue reading

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ESTEC’s ACE astronomers prepare for transit of Venus

Activities at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands are ramping up for the transit of Venus, visible from sunrise on 6 June for most of Europe. ESA’s Venus Express project scientist Håkan Svedhem drew … Continue reading

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ESA Euronews: Unveiling Venus

It can be called the morning or evening star, depending on where you are or what time it is, but it is anything but a star. In fact, it is one of our nearest planetary neighbours. Venus and Mars may … Continue reading

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Transit Terminology

Astronomers use different terms to describe the four main phases of a transit: Ingress, exterior (or first contact): the point at which Venus’ disc is just touching the outer edge of the Sun. Shortly after, the planet appears to make … Continue reading

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Can I see the transit?

For a first glance look, check this map to see if you are suitably located to observe the 2012 transit. The 2012 transit will be visible in its entirety only from the western Pacific, eastern Asia, eastern Australia and high … Continue reading

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