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5/6, June 2012  2:00PM-6:30PM
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call: 336 285 2108
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Curator: Dr. Abebe Kebede
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In collaboration with  Mr. Abera Shiferaw, Department of Physics, Adama University,  Adama University Space Science Club,  Gondar University Community School,  Ethiopia. The map show the potential sites for Venust Transit Events in Ethiopia.  (GO TO  The SEMINAR PAGE)

Safetry  Viewing- To observe the transit of Venus directly you must protect your eyes at all times with proper solar filters. The picture above is a screenshot of simulation, that I copied from a NASA website. For observers in Ethiopia, on June 6 at surise, Venus comes from the l upper left or second quadrant of the sun. The dark/light arc is the expected path venus would follow. EYE SAFETY !!,,, DON:T LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT THE PROPER SOLAR GLASSES. IT ABSOLUTELY A NO NO TO LOOK AT THE SUN DIRECTLY. IF YOU DON;T HAVE SOLAR FILTER, YOU JUST FOLLOW THE EVENT BY WEBCAST FROM HAWAII. I WILL ALSO BE ON JUNE 5/6

Live coverage by NASA SUN EARTH

Weather in Greensboro -Mostly Cloudy on June 5th

Venus transit will happen on Jun 5th at Sunset much of continental United States Canada, Mexico, and on June 6 during sunrise,Europe part of Asia, part of Australia, Most of North, Eastern and Central Africa. On behalf of my facebook friends, space science enthusiasts, particularly in Africa, we have prepared a significant outreach activity for June 5th at sunset. We will share pictures and video and lectures on the topic. We are expecting about 100 people in our campus. Colleagues in Ethiopia and the rest of Africa will do the same. VENUS is the star.

Venus Transit Viewing- GSFSC

View the Transit of Venus with MicroObservatory

Use MicroObservatory to capture the Transit of Venus!

Dear MicroObservatory User,

On June 5, the planet Venus will pass directly between us and the Sun, treating earth-bound viewers to the planet crossing the Sun's surface for the last time until the year 2117! However, you don't have to have any special viewing equipment to witness this event. You can use the MicroObservatory robotic telescopes to request a series of images of the Venus Transit!

What do I do? Request an image of the Sun using our Observing With NASA portal between now and June 5th. After the event, a set of 5 images will be emailed to you depicting the transit as seen by the MicroObservatory telescopes in Massachusetts and Arizona! After June 5, MicroObservatory users may visit the Image Archive to download the full set of transit images that MicroObservatory telescopes captured.

Greensboro NC UISA

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Participants will learn about and answers questions on

-the solar system and the planets

-Our place in the universe

-Planetary and venus  transit

-Hands on activities related to astronomy and space

Space Science-The Sun, Spectroscopy, and Space Weather

Text Box:Concepts: The sun our star, study of the sun using spectroscopy, electromagnetic spectrum, spectral lines, design of a spectroscope, space weather - the sun and its effects on the near earth environment and technology. This part of the outreach activity is motivated by the current colossal solar events of solar storms. The students will learn about the differences and similarities of the spectra of hydrogen, Helium, neon and mercury, and make a comparison with the spectrum of the sun. With the help of the teacher and the facilitator, the students make conclusions about the composition of the sun.

Text Box:The students will also learn about different sources of light, and studied the similarities and difference. The activities will show the difference between emission and continuous spectra using incandescent lamp and a hydrogen tube. The light is analyzed using a box spectroscope donated by Stanford University and a regular diffraction grating. This discussion is followed by the definition of space weather, and identifying its effects on earth and how to study space weather, and career in space physics and space engineering. 

Text Box:The students will also be introduced to sources for satellite data, and current images of the sun We use the SOHO Satellite website to show the students how to download current images of the sun as well as LASCO C2/C3 movie clips that show coronal mass ejections. At the end of the lessons some  educational materials will be given to the participants. Some these materials are donated by Stanford University and NASA-Sun-Earth Connection.


   The purpose of this note is to bring the community up to date on this project. The telescope will be used as a teaching facility as a part of the NASA Space Science grant to NC A&T. Because the telescope is designed to operate automatically under the control of operators accessing it via the internet it will seldom have visitors at the site (except for construction, routine maintenance and repairs).

Current Equipment

1. Telescope mount (Paramount ME from Software Bisque)

2. CCD Camera for telescope (Apogee Alta U-47)

3. Clamshell Dome (12’ clamshell by Astro Haven)