Monthly Archives: May 2012

Catch the transit in Cleveland

Observers on the North Coast are well-positioned to see the last transit of Venus in our lifetimes on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The event is rare, indeed, with the next transit taking place in the year 2117 — and then … Continue reading

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Now all we need is clear skies

“I spent some time this morning experimenting with solar photography. On June 5 the transit of Venus will take place and, since the next one after that won’t happen for another 115 years, I thought I should try for this … Continue reading

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Our (very) partial eclipse

Sites along the US West Coast enjoyed a beautiful annular eclipse on Sunday, May 20, as did observers in China. We did not see much of an eclipse from Northeastern Ohio. We were, however, treated to some beautiful sunset views! … Continue reading

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So long, Venus!

Jay Reynolds made this photo of Venus setting over the pond at Letha House Park. This week, Venus will be losing one degree of altitude per day as it heads towards its rendezvous with astronomical history — June’s transit of … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day: AR1476 and her “children”

Sunday, May 13 dawned reasonably clear and so, with cloudy skies anticipated, a few rushed observations were made of our Sun. AR1476 continues to dominate the solar disk through it has been joined by several smaller but notable sunspots. A … Continue reading

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CME on its way though aim is off a bit

Sunspot group AR1476 finally spit out a coronal mass ejection (CME) though perhaps a bit late for a direct shot at Earth. The active region has been the focus of much attention from solar-interested scientists and amateur astronomers of every … Continue reading

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Here comes the Sun(spots)

A string of clear-sky days has allowed amateur astronomers to get a good look at a string of sunspots. AR1476 was rotating towards the center of the Solar disk on Thursday, May 10, when CAA member Christopher Christe aimed his … Continue reading

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