Transit of Venus Program
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(ESA & NASA)
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The Transit of Venus DVD either can be viewed as a stand-alone DVD show or can be the foundation of a planetarium program. The DVD is divided into chapters to give users the option of selecting specific topics tailored to the audience.
The Data CD contains over 200 individual images excerpted from the DVD; contact sheets with thumbnail images; videos and animations as MPEG-1 files; the show script with image and time cues; and image credits and links.
Over 200 images excerpted from the DVD are available as a Slide Set, which you can order (see below) at a group rate through the Great Lakes Planetarium before January 15, 2004.
An Audio CD contains the complete songs that are heard on the DVD show, including John Philip Sousa's Transit of Venus March; the AstroCapella song Dance of the Planets with accompanying lesson plan; and the music of Matt Rumley.
The collection of resources debuted at the 2003 Annual Conference of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA). The following documents support the Transit of Venus program (If a dialog box asks for a network password, click Cancel):
Transit of Venus READ ME document (recommended)
GLPA members and non-members alike can purchase the combination DVD and data CD set, the audio CD, or the slide set from the GLPA while supplies last.
|GLPA Members||Non-GLPA Members|
|DVD and Data CD set||$15.00 (first copy free)||$15.00|
Note: The GLPA shipped a free copy of the DVD and the data CD to all GLPA members in December, 2003.
You can place an order now, while supplies last, at the GLPA On-Line Store.
To prepare for the June 5-6, 2012, transit of Venus, see www.transitofvenus.org/2012.htm. For general transit, we recommended these starters:
Contains extensive links with thumbnail images, instructions on how to observe the transit of Venus safely, hands-on activities for all ages, tutorials, historical images, current science missions, and much more.
Asked Questions (FAQ)
Basic information about the 2012 transit of Venus; what it is; when, where, and how it can be seen; the significance of transits; links to student observing projects; and where to get more information.
NASA Sun-Earth Day celebrates the transit of Venus
Transit of Venus Project shows times of transit contacts, contains Transit of Venus phone app, has excellent historical record of sites at which past transits have been observed, and features an active blog.
Activities from Paper Plate Education:
|Starman Special by Jay Ryan: "Inferior Conjunctions and Transits of Venus"|
Hands-on activity to record 2012 transit of Venus on a paper plate akin to the first record of Jeremiah Horrocks in 1639.
Hands-on activity that illustrates and explains the irregular frequency of transits of Venus.
For images of the 2004 transit of Venus, see www.transitofvenus.org/history/2004.
The resources for the Transit of Venus program were made possible in part by a 2003 Toyota TAPESTRY grant, which is funded by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and is administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The Transit of Venus program is listed under the Physical Science Applications. The Project Director is Art Klinger of the Penn-Harris-Madison Planetarium & Air/ Space Museum in Mishawaka, Indiana.
The server space for this website is courtesy of the then- Office of Space Science (OSS) Center for Education and Outreach at DePaul University.
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