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Solarscope for TCLC

17/05/2012

​TCLC has been very lucky to win a Solarscope in the Transit of Venus Schools Competition. This means that our students will be able to safely observe the Transit of Venus on 6th June. The scope is to be presented to our school on the 24th of May by Stephen Jess – registered surveying graduate.

The Transit of Venus occurs when Venus passes directly between the Earth and the Sun so a small black dot can be seen crossing the Sun’s surface when observed with a Solarscope. This transit is a significant event in the modern history of Australia. Captain Cook observed the transit from Hawaii on his way to exploring our land. Measurements taken at the time enabled astronomers to calculate the size of the solar system. This size was only roughly known until then.

The next transit will happen in 2117, one hundred and five years from now! This is a great chance for our students to see something special.