Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Loving A Celestial Spectacular: 
The 2012 Transit of Venus

NASA Streaming Video of the Venus Transit

5:45 PM EDT 6/5/12 | THE TRANSIT IS IN PROGRESS! Are you able to see it from your location? If so, send us a photo to team@footsforecast.org and we'll post here for all to see. 

10:45 AM EDT 6/5/12 (Forecaster Caron S.) Where will you be at sunset tonight? I hope your plans and location include viewing a truly spectacular this-century-only event known as the Transit of Venus! Combine that with yet another recently passed "SuperMoon" the night of June 3 and Space Weather watchers are having quite theastronomically  awesome week to kick off June!

From the late afternoon to early evening today,June 5, depending on your time zone, millions across the Western Hemisphere will get to witness the planet Venus crossing in front of the Sun as viewed from our vantage point on Earth. This is truly a "once-in-a-life time" chance, because it is the  last time it will happen in this century. 

HOW AND WHERE TO VIEW. Here are some ways to view this safely, however we encourage you to not look directly at the sun without eye protection!

LIVE COVERAGE! This link to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center aims to provide  a live look at the event for those who cannot see from the outdoors.
  • ON-LINE MODEL: This link to SunAeon.com's online model shows exactly when and where you can expect to see Venus cross the Sun.

SCIENCE BEHIND THE TRANSIT You can review these links for more information about what to expect and the science behind the transit of our sister planet.
  • Space.com has an insightful overview of the many steps in this 7-hour celestial spectacular. 
  • Astronomy.com  provides viewing tips, scientific and historical details.
  • Examiner.com has a helpful overview of the event in this nice article by Examiner writer Ms. Teri Sahm in Washington State. 
I hope you all get to see these amazing sights, I know I won’t be missing them! Have a awesome week and happy star gazing! (Forecaster Caron S. and Advisor Mr. Foot)

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Maryland Forecaster Meagan B. from Towson University with Florida Meteorologist Randall J. and North Carolina Forecaster Ross H. at the Maryland Emergency Management Conference in Ocean City, Maryland  - May 31, 2012


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About The Authors

Forecaster Caron S. is a junior at Towson High School in the Baltimore County Public Schools of central Maryland. Caron joined the team in early 2012 as a Space Weather / Astronomy Forecaster and writes forecasts for astronomy-related atmospheric events such as the Supermoon of 2012, meteor showers and eclipses. 

Mr. Rich Foot, a Maryland-certified Earth & Space Science Teacher, is the Chairman & CEO of Foot's Forecast. Mr. Foot taught high school science in the Baltimore County Public Schools from 2001 to 2010, and served as a Teacher-in-Residence with the National Science Foundation-funded Baltimore Ecosystem Study. In 2004, at the height of an ice storm in Baltimore, Mr. Foot and his 10th grade students launched the online weather website "Foot's Forecast" - which has grown to include over 60 members in 20 states from high school, college and the meteorological community.

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