Transit of Venus

There is now less than a month to go until the transit of Venus; it starts at around 05:20 GMT on Tuesday 8th June. A transit is where a planet or moon passes directly in front of another object in the sky. In this case, Venus will pass infront of the Sun. The last time this happened was in 1882 so no currently living person has observed a transit of Venus. We are having a special transit party at Jodrell Bank.

On Friday we were filmed for a programme that will be shown, on the BBC, in the run up to the transit. The producer had us observing the Sun with the Lovell telescope in the background. The production crew were quite friendly and were from Screenhouse Productions in Leeds. We all had to sign release forms so they could show us on TV, but it seems that the Open University have big expansion plans as they plan to use the footage "throughout the universe".

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Sunday 09th May 2004 (12:53 UTC) | Permalink
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