Skip to content

July 5, 2012

By Rachel L. Smith

Research & Collections

Venus Transit at the Nature Research Center

On June 5, 2012, over 1300 people came to the Nature Research Center to observe this century’s last transit of Venus — when the planet Venus passes across the Sun’s surface as observed from certain places on Earth. At the top of the DENR (Department of Environment & Natural Resources) parking deck, a range of instruments were available for safe viewing of the Sun, including solar glasses equipped with special filters, a 90-mm solar telescope with a hydrogen-alpha (H-alpha) filter that shows the Sun as a bright orange orb with occasional solar flares, and various solar telescopes with white light filters.

This special solar telescope was provided for this celestial event by Appalachian State University, a partner institution with the Nature Research Center, and academic affiliate to the Astronomy Lab Director, Dr. Rachel L. Smith. The telescope is now permanently housed in the…

View original post 251 more words

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: