Astronomic League: 2016 Mercury Transit Special Observing Award

Mercury Transit Award Pin

I received my second Astronomical League award recently, though I actually completed it before the first award I received.

This award, for observing the 2016 Transit of Mercury and making observations which were used to calculate the distance of the sun was a fun experience, and coming off the weekend of observing out at Camp Hancock, it was even more memorable. I setup my telescope in the back yard, and shot images of the sun between the clouds, and generated a transit path. Then using images taken at several disparate locations, I calculated the parallax of the image of Mercury on the disk of the sun, and used that with known constants to calculate the distance from the sun to the earth.

Mercury Transit Award Certificate