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AAAA News and Activities  - 2004

Total Lunar Eclipse - October 27-28, 2004
Transit of Venus

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Total Lunar Eclipse - October 27-28, 2004
  • On the evening of October 27, 2004, and lasting past midnight into the morning of October 28, astronomers in North America will be able to observe a total eclipse of the moon.
  • Eclipse Photo Contest
    The AAAA is running a contest for the best lunar eclipse photo. The photographer of the winning photograph will receive a one year subscription to their choice of either Astronomy Magazine or Sky & Telescope Magazine, and a one year individual membership to the American Association of Amateur Astronomers.

Lunar Eclipse
by Ryan Hanahoe
January 20, 2000

The Transit of Venus - June 8, 2004
  • For the fist time in more than 100 years, astronomers on Planet Earth will be able to view a Transit of Venus. On June 8, 2004, Venus will appear to travel across the face of the sun. While this exciting and rare astronomical even can be see by observers in most of the world, the only North American astronomers who will be able to view this event will be those living in the North East United States, and Eastern Canada.

  • The last Transit of Venus occurred in 1882. Since transits of Venus occur in pairs, your next chance to see Venus transit the face of the Sun will be in 2012. If you do not catch it now or in eight years, you will have to wait until 2117 for another opportunity!

NASA Photo - Venus

NASA Photo - Venus

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