The Venus transit of 2012
How useful are collaborations with the astronomers!
The SOIR team would like to introduce you to their collaborators from around the world. This week we present Brad Sandor, of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. We interviewed him (You tube video: Brad Sandor - Collaborators) during a meeting, held at the Paris Observatory, to organise and coordinate different team measurements for the upcoming transit observations.
Apart from observations with instruments on board satellites, the atmosphere of Venus can also be studied from the Earth by astronomers with telescopes.
Why are measurements taken during a transit such a unique opportunity, that must be seized?
During the transit, Brad Sandor will be at the Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii, where he will observe the atmosphere of Venus using the JCMT telescope. In his interview, he explains the particularities of this radio-telescope that can point directly at the sun (You tube video: Brad Sandor - JCM Telescope), without being damaged, like solar telescopes that are also designed exclusively for Solar Observations.
The day of the transit, he will observe Venus at the same time as SOIR onboard the Venus Express satellite, and on this particular day he will observe it in a very similar way as our instrument does. In his interview, he tells us more about this.