Calculating the Earth-Sun distance from images of the transit of inner planets (Venus or Mercury).

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An occultation is the result of an alignment of one celestial body by another celestial body as seen from Earth. A transit is a partial blackout phenomenon in which closer body des not completely obscure the more distance body and the passage or transit of the closer one projected onto the surface of the background one is observed

START:
11 November, 2015
DURATION:
Unlimited
ID:
AC-18

Through this activity we will learn to calculate the Earth-Sun distance (Astronomical Unit) from digital images using the method of the solar parallax during the transit of inner planets (Venus or Mercury).

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