The transit of Venus was witnessed and celebrated from Mishawaka, Indiana, USA, under very good conditions. We had successful stargazing the night of June 7; webcasts beginning at midnight (EST); clear skies at sunrise; perhaps 20 quality telescopes and viewing devices; and a crowd of enthusiasts. As third contact approached, so too did a large bank of low clouds. However, the clouds cleared in time to capture that elusive moment.
Visually, the transit of Venus at third contact was more rewarding than I had anticipated. No appreciable black drop effect appeared, on which we could blame diverse timings. I was taken aback by how difficult it was to discern the exact second of contact. Only part of it can be attributed to the festival-like atmosphere we sought.
Details about the celebration and our experience will be uploaded after we tend to some necessary business--sending many thank-you notes, paying bills, gathering images and stories, and getting some sleep. In the meantime, we thank the many businesses and individuals who supported our efforts to bring this dynamic solar system experience to our community.
Brian Davis wrote a descriptive observing report about his experience.
Media Coverage Continues
Preparing the Main Observing Site
June 8, 2004: Transit of Venus at Sunrise
Clouds Threaten Third Contact
Broadcast of WWV Time Signal, courtesy of Radio Operator John Fleming (W3GQJ)
Third Contact on Rear Projection Screen
The following table of images are courtesy of Ralph Garhart:
On June 5, 2004, The Pub promoted the transit of Venus and hosted Matt Rumley for an outstanding performance.
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