Local transit events
Braam van Zyl, Director of the Solar Section, writes:
"The Boyden Observatory at Bloemfontein is hosting a public day on the day of the transit. They have kindly invited us to make use of their facilities. Although they have assured us of technical support and good will regarding the project, it will be solely the undertaking of the amateur club.
We will use the 20cm coelostat with hydrogen filters, CCD cameras and at least three 10-inch reflectors with photographic capacity. We undertake to measure the four exact contact times and to photograph the entire event. We will also have a webcast of the transit.
Contact: Braam van Zyl (email@example.com)
The SAAO is webcasting the transit from Sutherland. SAAO homepage: [http://www.saao.ac.za].
Contact: Dr. Dave Laney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On Friday June 4, 18:30, the Pretoria Centre is presenting a public talk at Fort Schanskop. The entry fee is R25 per person (max.R50 per family), but if you bring your telescope to entertain the public, entry is free. The three-part presentation (how transits work, history of transit observations, how to observe it safely) is preceded by a viewing session, with comet LINEAR, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter on show.
Contact: Neville Young [email@example.com].
The ASSA Pretoria Centre will be covering the transit by webcasting the event over the
internet. The webcast will take place from the grounds of the University of Pretoria. Check
out the action at [http://www.up.ac.za/venus].
Contact: Mauritz Geyser [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Weather permitting, a telescope will be set up in front of the SA Museum (Cape Town), with planetarium staff in attendance. In history, such transits of Venus, when observed from different locations on Earth, were important scientific events used for determining the scale of the Solar System. Many western nations despatched expeditions to measure the timings of the transit of Venus, the most famous being the first voyage of Captain James Cook to the Pacific to observe the transit of 1761.
Contact: Iziko Museums of Cape Town, Tel: 021-481-3943
Touws River Festival
The transit of Venus on June 8 will be celebrated in the small Karoo town of Touws River (site of the 1882 British transit expedition observing station). For details contact Mrs. Helen Louw (tel: 023-3581192, [email@example.com]) or André Mellet (tel: 023-3581091, fax: 023-3581261, mobile: 0834547008, [firstname.lastname@example.org]).