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Re: [MathTalk] transit of venus
Posted:
May 4, 2012 3:04 AM


I have to wonder if the phenomena on the solar face are sufficiently well defined to enable measurements that are any more accurate than those of first, etc., contactwhich are spoiled by the blackdrop effect. (The aureole effect, though less important, is also a spoiler.)
 Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State College of Denver
<http://rowdy.mscd.edu/%7Etalmanl/> On May 3, 2012, at 11:25 PM, Guy Brandenburg wrote:
> It occurs to me that one can today probably achieve impressive accuracy on measuring the distance to Vanus, and hence, of the length of 1 AU, by having two widely separated observers each make a single, simultaneous, hydrogenalpha image of the sun and the dot of venus on its face. One doesn't have to wait to time first, second, third, and fourth contacts. > > My reason for saying this is that an Ha filter allows anyone to see all sorts of sunmarks; some careful scruitiny of where venus is in relation to those sunmarks will allow us to get the angular parallax fairly easily. Then a little bit of geometry will allow us to figure out how far the observers are from each other with respect to Venus (i.e., what's the length of the baseline). And then the rest of the calculations are pretty straightforward, at least in principle. > **************************************************************************** * To post to the list: email mathedcc@mathforum.org * * To unsubscribe, email the message "unsubscribe mathedcc" to majordomo@mathforum.org * * Archives at http://mathforum.org/kb/forum.jspa?forumID=184 * ****************************************************************************



