Twice in a lifetime – a different perspective on the transit of Venus

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Next week, on June 5/6 (depending on where you are) Venus will transit across the disk of the Sun for the second – and last – time in our lives, and I am heading North to watch it. I’ll be taking part in an unusual kind of expedition: most of the other participants will be artists – illustrators, photographers, film-makers, graphic designers, even a choreographer. The trip is being organised by super/collider, a London-based collective which promotes interaction between science and the creative industries. Our base will be FLODA31, a laboratory for innovation and creativity established on the site of a former farm in one of the last remaining wildernesses of Europe, a few hours North-West of Umeå. At this latitude and time of year, the Sun barely sets at all, so – provided the sky is clear – most of the transit will be visible.

All going well, I’ll be posting regularly in the build up to and during the trip, so watch this space! And in the meantime, if you want to find out more about the transit, listen to the Frontiers program at 9pm today May 30th on BBC radio 4.
Suzanne Aigrain, Oxford

Sunset at Floda 31

This is the first post of Suzanne’s mission to Sweden for the Transit of Venus”. The first post is here.

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I work on the detection of extrasolar planets (planets outside the solar system) via the transit method, and on the exploration of the time domain in astrophysics in general. I am particularly interested in finding and studying small (terrestrial, or even Earth-like) planets, and young planets (to understand how they form, and how their early evolution is influenced by their environment).