2004-2012: the transits of Venus Educational sheets for teachers, students and amateur astronomers One will find below the list of the educational sheets. These sheets are available as html, word or pdf files. Some sheets are dedicated to the 2004 transit and some to the 2012 transit. What is the interest of the transit of Venus html & pdf The calculations The prediction of the Venus transits: a- geometry of the phenomenon (in french) for 2004: html & pdf, and for 2012: pdf b- local conditions (in french) for 2004: html & pdf and for 2012: pdf c- maps of the areas of visibility (in french) for 2004: html & pdf and for 2012: pdf What will we observe on June 8, 2004? html & pdf, word What we will observe on June 5-6, 2012? pdf (in french) The local conditions for the transit of 2012 for each country concerned by the event: pdf How to calculate the AU from the observation of a transit? a- definitions (in french) for 2004: html & pdf and for 2012: pdf b- theory (in french) for 2004: html & pdf and for 2012: pdf c- calculations (in french) for 2004: html & pdf and for 2012: pdf How to calculate yourself the AU: a- a simplified method of calculation html (with example from 2004) and pdf (with example for 2012). b- formulae for the calculations from the timings for 2004 html and for 2012: pdf c- formulae for the calculations from the distances for 2004 html and for 2012: et pour 2012 (in french): pdf d- an interactive application allowing to calculate the parallax of the Sun from the observations of the 2012 transit. How to choose a partnership for calculating the AU from two distant sites? (in french) for 2004: html  &  pdf; and for 2012: pdf How to send observations to VT-2012 network calculation center in Paris? :html. The Sun and Venus Our solar system and its members and its planetary laws html & pdf Venus – the second planet in the solar system (an overview with physical data) html & pdf Venus – the Earth’s sister planet (a comparison) html & pdf Venus’ orbit and visibility – day, night and seasons on Venus html & pdf Venus topography, geology and planetary history html & pdf The clouds of Venus – a description of the planet’s atmosphere: html Venus and mythology html & pdf Venus and science fiction html & pdf Life on Venus and on other worlds in the solar system? html & pdf Space probes for mapping the planet Venus html & pdf Information about the Sun html & pdf Eclipses – the common and well-known kind of transit The history History of the observations of transits of Venus: a- the first predictions and the transits of 1631 and 1639: html b- the transit of Venus of 1761: html c- the transit of Venus of 1769: html d- the transit of Venus of 1874: html e- the transit of Venus of 1882: html List of the voyages made for the observations of the transits of Venus in the past centuries: html Other transits Other transits in the solar system – Mercury, Jupiter satellites and Charon html & pdf Searching for other worlds by using the transit method: html The observations Methods, tools and techniques for transit observations: html & pdf ,    word Observation of the Sun : techniques and methods Safety html The concepts Measuring distances in the universe a- the distances in the solar system: html b- the distances in the universe: html & pdf c- the definition of the astronomical unit: html    word What is light? What is time? What is Universal Time? html & pdf The calculation of the astronomical unit from the observations of June 8: a- the calculation in real time on June 8: html b- the definitive calculation of the astronomical unit using all the data: html

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