Venus Transit (2012): Some collected images

Here are my images of the transit. They are not great the setting was not appropriate for astroimaging as I was participating in a public observing event.
I was able to catch these images in between observers:

Through my cams' zoom only!
You can see Venus in the upper centre!
Telescope eyepiece view @ 85x

Saida, Al Janoub; astroZ


Transit of Venus (2012)

Hello again :D

    WARNING    Before reading the article, please be warned that looking at  the Sun without appropriate precautions (using solar filters, viewers, etc...) may & will cause partial or complete damage to your sight. Please take appropriate measures in advance &/or participate in a local astronomy group that takes precautions on your behalf by letting you view the transit through its equipment. You have been warned!!!

    A rare event that comes in pairs every 120 years, more or less, occurred on June 8, 2004. This rare event is going to occur in a couple of days as the second of the 2004/2012 pair which will not repeat until the year 2117. In other words, this rare celestial happening is the last one to occur in our lives; no one might be able to witness it again, unless science offers a way to extend the human life span.
This special event is the Transit of Venus (i.e; transit of the planet Venus in front -from our viewpoint- of the Sun). The two events are separated by about 8 years. This is characteristic of such a phenomenon which occurs twice every 120 years, as I've mentioned above. That is, it occurs in pairs (e.g; 2004/2012). The next pair will start in the year 2117.

Transit of Venus 2004; astroZ (http://flic.kr/p/ac4z8C)


Earth Hour 2012 -Lebanon

Dear reader,

This post serves as a simple notification about the coming Earth Hour 2012. Lebanon participated in Earth Hour in the year 2010 & it was a great success: https://sites.google.com/site/astrobobgroup/Home/alerts/reminderearthhour-helpearthagainstglobalwarminglightpollution

I am not sure about last year & its statistics, but the important thing is to concentrate on this year.

As a quick reminder, Earth Hour is project to spread awareness among the inhabitants of Earth to two consequences of uncontrolled light: global warming & light pollution.


New feature: Readability


I am glad to announce that each new post will include a Readability bar at the top of each post just below the title. You can use Readability to convert a post or website into a nice reading page with no ads or distractions, or you can email, print or send to your kindle to read later.

Check it out & Happy reading :D


Lebanese Astronomy Group launches its website

The Lebanese Astronomy Group - LAG has very recently launched a simple yet elegant website: sites.google.com/site/lebaneseastronomygroup/

Through this website, the LAG aims at keeping its followers updated on the latest public & future events (check out the Calendar page), some night sky charts, contact info, & images of events.

Members of the LAG also receive a monthly newsletter.
If you're interested in becoming an LAG member, go to the "Resources" page & check the details & the application form.

Again, the website is: sites.google.com/site/lebaneseastronomygroup

Don't forget to bookmark them & stay tuned ;)

Update (2011-March): For convenience, you can now visit the website @ www.lebaneseastronomygroup.TK 


Partial Solar Eclipse for January 04 2011 - Beirut, Lebanon

General info about eclipses in 2011:
Four partial solar and two total lunar eclipses take place in 2011. This 4:2 combination of solar and lunar eclipses in a single year is rather rare with only six cases during the 21st Century (2011, 2029, 2047, 2065, 2076 and 2094). The first and last eclipses always occur in January and December.

The first Solar Eclipse for 2011 occurs on Tuesday, January 04.


Eclipse Predictions for Beirut, Lebanon (2001 ~ 2100)

Eclipse Predictions from 2001 to 2100

Table 1: Lunar Eclipse predictions

Table 2: Solar Eclipse predictions

Lunar Eclipses


Latitude: 33° 53' 00" N
Longitude: 35° 30' 00" E
Altitude: 0m
Time Zone: 02:00 E