Monday, June 4, 2012

The ISS Transit of Venus

As it often happens, you folks wake me up.  
Should have given a heads up sooner.
This from Kendall.

Hello all,

Here are some key links concerning the 2012 Transit of Venus:

Science @ NASA educational page: --

Astronaut Don Pettit's Flickr photostream. He's the astronaut taking the photos: -- Interesting to know that ISS has Internet readily available, but should almost go without saying in 2012.

Good NASA video on YouTube:  -- 

Official NASA page for the 2012 Transit of Venus:

...of interest.


And from NASA News.
-LRK -

From: NASA Science News <>
Date: Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 2:18 AM
Subject: The ISS Transit of Venus
To: NASA Science News <>

NASA Science News for May 31, 2012High above Earth, astronaut Don Pettit is about to become the first human to witness and photograph a transit of Venus from space. His images and commentary will be streamed to Earth during the crossing.
This is a free service.

Even if you aren't prepared to view yourself we should have pictures to view.
When you think about how seldom we get to see this transit, it may make you wonder how the Kepler mission ever gets a chance to see a far off planet transit its sun with only a few photons being blocked by the planet.

Kepler hosts live brodcast of Venus transit.
- LRK -
Michele Johnson
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
May 31, 2012
NASA Ames Hosts Live Broadcast of Transit of Venus
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- News media and the public are invited to observe the transit of Venus broadcast live from atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii, beginning at 3:04 p.m. PDT Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in the Exploration Center at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The June 5th transit will be the final opportunity to witness the rare astronomical reunion until 2117. 

The transit occurs when Venus passes directly between Earth and the sun. Viewers will see Venus as a small dot drifting across the golden disk of the sun. There have been 53 transits since 2000 B.C. The rare event occurs in pairs, with the last transit occurring June 8, 2004.
Reporters must send requests for media credentials to Michele Johnson at by 5 p.m. PDT Monday, June 4, 2012. Batalha and other NASA officials will be available for interviews beginning at 1 p.m. PDT in the Exploration Center. 

WHEN: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 (all times PDT)
- 1:50 p.m.: Welcome from NASA Ames 
- 2 - ­2:30 p.m.: The Kepler Mission and the Transit of Venus, Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist, NASA Ames
- 2:30 p.m. ­ 8 p.m.: Solar observing and Hands-on activities
- 2:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Live NASA EDGE broadcast from Mauna Kea, HI
- 3:04 p.m.: Venus begins its six-hour transit

NASA's Exploration Center is the large white dome located at the main gate of NASA's Ames Research Center. To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate and bear right into the parking lot. 

For more information about the worldwide events, safety precautions for viewing, educational content and social media activities, visit: 

The public can follow the event on Twitter on #VenusTransit and download a free mobile app at: 

Here is to looking up, and thanks for looking up with me.