Images from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University by Christian Lockwood, Williams College ’20
Our site on the roof of the astronomy building at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was well-situated for observing the transit of Mercury. Initially, there was concern that certain architectural design components on the roof would interfere with the first ~15 minutes of observation, as the transit started very early in the morning while the Sun was low to the horizon, but those fears were unfounded and the transit began just as the disk of the Sun cleared any blockages. We utilized three Takahashi telescopes; one imaged with a high-cadence CCD, another with a normal astronomical CCD, and the final with a Nikon D850. The high-cadence CCD was paired with a H-alpha filter; the other two telescopes took images with a white-light solar filter.
Observation went unimpeded for several hours (during which we saw a SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral), until a bank of thin clouds moved in and began to block the Sun. To continue making observations, we took manual control of the CCDs and Nikon and increased the exposure time of our frames, using frames taken in the last sequence to approximate the appropriate exposure times of the next sequence. This period of manual management lasted until the end of the transit and produced some of our best observations. Overall, our high-quality equipment and well-chosen site allowed for a successful series of observations of the 2019 Transit of Mercury. – Christian Lockwood, Williams College ’20
- Robert Vanderbei from Princeton, NJ
Evan Zucker Photographs
At the Big Bear Solar Observatory, California, with the 1.6 m Goode Solar Telescope
Thanks to Claude Plymate, Teresa Bippert-Plymate, John Varsik, Nicolas Gorceix.
Our team: Jay Pasachoff, Glenn Schneider, Evan Zucker, Bill Sheehan, Muzhou Lu‘13
SUVI Movies (11/11/2019) (Credit: Daniel B. Seaton)
- SUVI Mercury 304 unannotated
- SUVI Mercury 304 annotated
- SUVI Mercury 195 unannotated
- SUVI Mercury 195 annotated
A quick-look movie using the TiO speckle reconstructed data for the 2019 Mercury transit. (Big Bear Solar Observatory)
Black drop: From the Big Bear Solar Observatory –
Celestron C11 Edge HD F:10 telescope working at primary focus with a Baader ND-5.0 Solar Screen Filter Mylar sheet + ZWO ASI290MM monochrome camera with Continuum Baader green filter from the terrace of his home in Hospitalet del Llobregat (Barcelona/Spain).
The resulting video record was made in black and white. Subsequently and with the use of the public domain program: VirtualDubMod uses various VDF digital filters (plugins) provided by the program to give: false color, improve contrast, noise removal, etc., in order to obtain a single frame in which you can interpret the “black drop.”
- Pasachoff, Jay M., 2019, “Mercurio in Sole Visu,” Progetto Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro, a 15-min narrated talk.
- From Glenn Schneider
- Capturing the Transit of Mercury – Sky & Telescope
- New York Times 2019 Transit of Mercury Article
- Astronomer Jay Pasachoff, Students, and Colleagues to Observe the Last Transit of Mercury until 2032
- November 11 Live Stream for Transit of Mercury – Streaming from the Pontifical University (Thomas Puzia) in Santiago, Chile
- The Instituto Geofísico del Perú (IGP) Live Transmission Facebook Page
- Slooh to Livestream Rare Transit of Mercury
Transit of Mercury 2019 Powerpoint-
Pasachoff, Jay M., Udo Backhaus, Alfred Knülle-Wenzel, and Joe J. Zender, 2019, “Measuring the Scale of the Solar System, through Transits of Mercury,“ session ODA1 at Division of Planetary Sciences/European Planetary Science Congress in Geneva, September.
November 11, 2019:
Xavier Jubier’s sites
Fred Espenak’s EclipseWise site
PROBA2 Mercury-transit observations
Robert Lucas from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, with a Canon 60Da with the 800 mm mirrored lens.
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Jay M. Pasachoff and Alex Filippenko, The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, 5th ed., Cambridge University Press, 2019. (See p. 154 for transits of Mercury and p. 269 for applications to exoplanet transits.) A review of “The Cosmos” was published in Physics Today: Kristen Thompson, Phys. Today, 73(3), 54-55 (2020). https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/PT.3.4434