Join the SFAA for the Transit of Venus!
You’ll definitely want to see Venus cross the Sun with with the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. We’ll be at NASA Ames from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The transit starts at 3:05 pm and the Sun sets before the end. Details will be posted later. No reservations needed.
Read up on the Transit of Venus.
NASA Ames is 15 minutes north/west of San Jose, California, just off U.S. 101 at the ‘Moffett Blvd / NASA Parkway’ exit.
The transit of Venus event is happening today (June 5th) at the NASA Ames Exploration Center (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html). The current schedule is as follows:
1:00 – 1:30pm: Set up Telescopes in parking lot
1:30pm – Sunset, around 8:00pm: Solar Observing. The transit begins at 3:15pm, but I am hoping to provide guests with opportunities to learn more about the sun (sun spots, how a solar filter works, etc.). If the 1:00pm start does not work, that is perfectly fine, but we’re hoping to have observing available by the Egress of the transit (at 3:15pm).
2:00 – 2:30: Speaker from the Kepler mission (for more information about the Kepler mission, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/kepler).
2:30 – 4:30: Hands-On activity: TBD, but likely having to do with the sun or Kepler.
2:30 – 4:30: Introduction to planethunters.org, a citizen science project where guests can help Kepler scientists by processing real Kepler data!
2:45 – Sunset: Live stream from Mauna Kea, where Kepler is hosting a live stream of the transit as well as occasional prerecorded and live interviews with scientists