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Venus TRANSIT Sun Monitor in H Alpha and Visible

VENUS TRANSIT MONITOR 2012

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Main results from the Venus Transit 2012 expeditions to Svalbard and Canberra

Two expeditions were organized to observe the unique event from 2 distant locations on Earth: Longyearbyen, in the Svalbard Islands, and Canberra, in Australia. This was one of the longest baselines achievable for ground observers. The dataset, therefore, offers unique information and spectacular parallax effects in two spectral ranges (h-alpha and white light). 

Animation: differential rotation of the Sva-Can baseline during the whole transit, as seen from Venus

Visibility map and expeditions location
Svalbard - Canberra Baseline distance
Visibility map and expeditions location
Baseline distance

Parallax measurements during the Venus Transit 2012

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3D stereo composite images of the Venus Transit 2012

Please use red/cyan glasses .

 
3d anaglyph h-alpha
 H - ALPHA anaglyph showing parallax effect
Svalbard / Canberra
Image date/time: 2012-06-06 03:28 (UTC)

White light anaglyph
WHITE LIGHT anaglyph showing parallax effect
Svalbard / Canberra
Image date/time: 2012-06-06 03:46 (UTC)

 

Videos Venus Parallax

   

 


Processed images SVALBARD

Venus Transit 2012 image archive.

 

Example of H-alpha image
H-ALPHA
Image date/time: 2012-06-06 03:48:08 (Local Time)
Interactive video of Svalbard H-alpha images
Example of White Light image
WHITE LIGHT
Image date/time: 2012-06-06 06:51:59 (Local Time)
Interactive video of Svalbard White Light images

Processed images CANBERRA

Example of H-alpha image
H-ALPHA
Image date/time: 2012-06-06 04:25:39 (UTC)
Interactive video of Canberra H-alpha images
Example of White Light image
WHITE LIGHT
Image date/time: 2012-06-06 04:27:23 (UTC)
Interactive video of Canberra White Light images

Calculating the astronomical unit with the data from the Venus Transit 2012

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Images of the expeditions

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Useful links related to the Venus Transit 2012

Europlanet news, "VENUS TRANSIT MOVIE SHOWS PERSPECTIVE IN VIEWING OUR SOLAR SYSTEM": link

ESA news, "Transit of Venus wows astronomers worldwide": link

ESAC intranet story, "Four ESAC astronomers travel to opposite regions in the planet to witness the Venus transit": link

Euronews, Unveiling Venus: link

Special piece of music for our last Transit of Venus, by William Zeitler. Video clip produced with the help of UCLA / iPLEX: link

Article in El Pais, "El último tránsito de Venus de nuestras vidas", by Miguel Perez Ayucar (Spanish): link

The Australian news: link

Venus transit 2012 by GONG network: link

General links to Solar observations

Catching Sunlight: A TEDx Talk by DIY Solar Photographer Alan Friedman: link

GONG network H-alpha monitoring: link

Aula Espazio: sun images, Planetary Sciences Group at the UPV: link


Created by Miguel Perez Ayucar. All rights reserved.
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This page was first created on 21 March, 2012 and was last updated on 10 December, 2013.
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