This page will include a brief list of astronomical events that we have taken part in. It is essentially a list of all of these events in one place - so you don't have to go hunting through the webpages.
Partial Solar Eclipse 01/08/2008
On August the 1st a solar eclipse will be seen around the world. However, here in the UK we can only expect to see a partial eclipse with a maximum of 36% of the star blocked out (around 10:15 BST).
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is wholly or partially obscured. This can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth. The eclipse begins in Canada's high Arctic and ends in northern China's Silk Road region. For the longest eclipse one needs to travel to northern Russia (close to the city of Nadym) where it will go dark for two minutes, 27 seconds from 1021 GMT. The eclipse belongs to the so-called midnight Sun eclipses, as it will be visible from regions experiencing midnight sun (i.e. those regions in the Arctic circle where the Sun will remain visible at the local midnight). On August the 1st a total eclipse will be seen around the world. However, here in the UK we can only expect to see a partial eclipse with a maximum of 36% of the star blocked out (around 10:15 BST).
Our observations made it onto the local television (ITV Central):
(if you can't see the above goto [here] and [here].
Lunar Eclipse 03/03/07
On Saturday the 3rd March the Moon was plunged into an eerie red darkness as the Earth casts its shadow over it - a detailed page on this can be found [here]
Venus Transit 2004
On June 8, 2004, Venus - the Earth's sister planet - past in front of the Sun as seen from the Earth. This very rare event (no living
person has ever seen one!) lasted about 6 hours and was visible from most of Europe, Africa and Asia. The last time it occured but
2004 was in 1882 and is known as the Transit of Venus.
Astrosoc took part in an international attempt to determine the Astronomical Unit (distance between the Earth and the Sun) on the 8th of June 2004, by watching Venus pass in front of the Sun. We had about 1,000 people observing on campus! For more information about this event (including media coverage and lots of cool pictures) you are directed to our Venus Transit minisite: [Venus Transit Site].