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19 years 11 months ago #2975 by albertw

* Science - A major goal of the observation side will be to determine the AU. Again this can be a simple or as complicated as you like. At the simplest level you can send your location and times of the major events to the ESO and they will do the calculations. For the applied maths students they can work out the calculus for themselves!


Just wondering how to go about calculating the AU. Is there any site on how to do it including the maths involved. It may be beyond me but no harm in asking :lol:


complicated version: www.vt-2004.org/Background/Infol2/EIS-B4.html

You can register with the project, as an individual at www.vt-2004.org/participate/ where you can send your times of the contacts and it will mail you back an estimate of the AU, or you can upload a picture of the sun (most of disc required) with the time and location and the AU can be calculated form that.

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19 years 11 months ago #3003 by albertw
www.metcheck.com/14dayforecast.asp?lat=53&lon=-6&locationID=297

99% cloud 7 rain in Dublin for 8th June.

Long range forcasts are always wrong though arnt they...

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19 years 11 months ago #3014 by dave_lillis
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Hi All,
I have to be honest and selfish here, if the weather forecast on Monday night said that Rosslare will be the only clear patch in the country on that Tuesday morning, then I'll be there.
I think there's more chance of it been clear here in Limerick then members of the public turning up!!
I'll leave message on the gate for them... :wink:

Heres an idea, would fellow IFAS clubs be prepared to pic out a person who would be contactable on Tuesday morning. Other club reps would be able to call that person to see if the sky is clear in another area ???

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19 years 11 months ago #3023 by albertw
If its completely overcast the whole country will miss it. If the could breaks at all then its unlikley that you won't get a glimpse at some point over the 6 hours.

Anyway some satellite images that may be of use on the day:

www.eumetsat.de/en/index.html?area=left5...en/area5/colour.html
www.west-cheshire.ac.uk/weather/visible.htm
www.west-cheshire.ac.uk/weather/atlantic-infra-red.htm

I can picture Dave with a `Shannonside AC On Tour!` flag flying out of the car driving around looking for clear skies quite easily :)

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19 years 11 months ago #3027 by michaeloconnell
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I can picture Dave with a `Shannonside AC On Tour!` flag flying out of the car driving around looking for clear skies quite easily :)


It wouldn't be the first time his observing sessions went on a nationwide tour!! :D :D

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19 years 11 months ago #3029 by dave_lillis
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We ended up in Roscommon last year for the lunar eclipse, where we saw bits and pieces of it, we (there was a few of us, I'm not the only lunatic) just kept driving until we realised how far north we were !!! :oops:

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