Tuesday, June 5, 2012

MICA's Predictions Were Accurate

MICA's predictions for the start of the Venus Transit were quite accurate. The time stated for the start of the transit here was 3:06:23.8 pm PDT. The following two images were captured at 3:07:50 pm and 3:09:16 pm. One can just make out the silhouette of Venus crossing the limb of the Sun at about 45° counterclockwise from the top in the second image.
The time predicted for midtransit or the "least angular separation" was 6:25:34.1 pm. The relative positions of the two objects are given by MICA in polar coordinates with the "Position Angle" and "Angular Separation" being the angle counterclockwise from North and the radial distance respectively.

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