Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The weather may be a problem in Georgia for today's celestial event, so here are some options.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
An event that won't occur again for another 105 years will take place this evening. Unfortunately, no one told the clouds that they were interrupting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Since the forecast doesn't look promising for viewing the transit of Venus in Decatur and Avondale Estates, we wanted to provide a few alternatives. Brian Ventrudo is the publisher of "One-Minute Astronomer," a blog about, well, astronomy. He provided the information below in an email to his subscribers: If you're in the right part of the world, and if you have the right equipment (including a good solar filter), and if the clouds stay away, I hope you get out to view the transit of Venus [today]. It will be the last such transit for 105 years. If you can't …
Bradley Observatory at the college will be open for viewing. You'll probably be dead the next time Venus in Transit happens, so watch it on Tuesday evening.
A little after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, residents of our area will have an opportunity to witness one of the rarest predictable celestial events: a transit of Venus. Often referred to as the "Evening Star" or "Morning Star," Venus is the brightest natural object in our sky after the Sun and the Moon. As the second planet from the Sun, it's closer to the Sun than the Earth is. A "transit" of Venus occurs when Venus passes between us and the Sun in such a way that we can see Venus's silhouette backlit by the Sun's brilliant light. It last happened in 2004, but it won't happen again until 2117. Unless you plan to shatter some human longevity records, this is probably your last chance. Were Venus either large enough or close enough to block…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Don't just sit around all weekend -- Get Out!
Oakhurst Community Garden Plant Sale When/where: Member preview from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12. Open to the public 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 13-15 at the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur. Why go: A huge number of plants will be sold at the garden fundraiser. You can hear expert speakers, too. Food and drink will be sold. For details, go to www.oakhurstgarden.org. Price: Free admission. Agnes Scott Grad Will Talk About Science Writing When/where: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at the Bradley Observatory on the Agnes Scott Campus. Why go: Sarah Scoles, a 2007 grad, will speak about “Science Writing and Writing Science.” A planetarium show and viewing with the telescopes will follow the talk, …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Grads of the college's physics and astronomy department will give a series of talks at the Bradley Observatory, starting Oct. 21.
The Bradley Observatory at Agnes Scott College will hold an open house lecture series, “Return of the Alumnae,” starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. All the speakers are graduates of the Agnes Scott Department of Physics and Astronomy who have gone on to graduate studies and careers. They will tell about their lives and work since they left Agnes Scott. The first speaker is Allison Mercer of the class of 2003, now a research scientist at Georgia Tech Research Institute. She’ll speak on “Sensing Everything: How Wireless Sensor Networks are Shaping the Future of the Internet.” A planetarium show and viewing with the observatory telescopes will follow the talk, weather permitting. The event is free and open to the public. The lectures and …