Venus Transit 2012
June 5 2012
We had a lively crowd during the Open House event for the Venus Transit, with some 450 members of the public sharing the event and our activities with us.
Here are a sampling of photos, taken by Keren Fedida:
The audience listens to Eileen Reeve's fascinating talk on the history of the Venus Transit.
Lucianne Walkowitz discusses planetary searches with Kepler.
We made spectrographs with CDs and cereal boxes!
Laura Newburgh, from the Physics department makes liquid nitrogen ice cream with local children.
Alex Howe building a comet from dry ice.
A little boy used eclipse glasses to look at the sun.
Bob Vanderbei was ready to take fantastic pictures of the transit.
A crowd gathered in the hopes of viewing something through the clouds.
We received some local news coverage of the event from the NJ Times - see the photos here!
The schedule of events was:
Public talk: Planet hunting with transits: Lucianne Walkowicz (4:00-4:30 pm, Peyton Auditorium 145, alternate location McDonnel A02)
Public talk: Venus Transit, An historical perspective: Eileen Reeves (4:40pm - 5:10 pm Peyton Auditorium 145)
Making comets: 4:00 - 6:00 pm, outside Peyton Hall
Build your own spectrograph: 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Room 140, Peyton Hall
Liquid Nitrogen Ice cream comets: 4:00 - 6:00 pm, outside Peyton Hall
Start walking to the E-quad parking lot: 5:30pm
Live viewing of the transit from the roof of the E-quad parking lot: 5:45 pm until sunset
There is lots of information about the Transit of Venus.
Some useful links are:
Transit of Venus site: http://www.transitofvenus.org/
Graphic novel about the transit: http://mutha.ncra.tifr.res.in/ncra/for-public/transit-of-venus
Planet Hunters: http://www.planethunters.org/