HartRAO Home > news > Venus transits the Sun 2004/06/08
Three HartRAO staff members assisted with the mass public viewing at the Johannesburg Planetarium.
Pictures of the transit from Hartebeesthoek.
This group formed the core of the Transit Team at the planetarium.
The group built venus transit viewers from cardboard boxes and dismantled binoculars. They also contributed small sections to the planetarium shows on the venus transit day.
By the end of the transit many of the schools had left the planetarium but a small crowd gathered to watch the transit team make their final measurements.
Bongani using the projection box that he had built.
A young viewer watches the transit using Bongani's projection box.
Mzi Taele from HartRAO explains the transit to one of the team.
And in turn, Althea, one of the learners who was part of the Transit Team, explains the transit to a group of learners.
A group of learners use eclipse viewers to follow venus's path across the sun.
Timing third contact.
Waiting for 3rd contact - is this it?
Consternation as the sun is clouded over just before 4th contact.
There were more attractions than just Venus and the Sun to entertain and educate the visitors:
Learners queue to view the moon thought the planetarium's Dobsonian telescope.
And yet more learners queue to view the moon.
Using the turntable to demonstrate that "dead stars" spin faster.
Some the Transit Team - before the transit. Planetarium Director Claire Flanagan is at lower left, and our intrepid photographer is fourth from the left.
Exhausted transit team after the final measurements were made.