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Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe. All this is suggested by the system of procession of events and the harmony of the whole Universe, if only we face the facts, as they say, "with eyes wide open."

Nicholas Copernicus

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CARINA Star Party 2015

The CARINA Star Party will be held on 21st March, 2015, at the Tracking Station in Macqueripe, Chaguaramas.  

 

Join CARINA in one of Trinidad's most fascinating settings and reacquaint yourself with the beauty of the Caribbean sky. Bring your family and friends and spread out picnic-style with telescope, binoculars or just a simple constellation map.

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CARINA Star Party 2014

The CARINA Star Party will be held on 29th March, 2014, at the Tracking Station in Macqueripe, Chaguaramas.  

 

Join CARINA in one of Trinidad's most fascinating settings and reacquaint yourself with the beauty of the Caribbean sky. Bring your family and friends and spread out picnic-style with telescope, binoculars or just a simple constellation map.

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CARINA Star Party 2013

The CARINA Star Party will be held on 9th March, 2013, at the Tracking Station in Macqueripe, Chaguaramas.  

 

Join CARINA in one of Trinidad's most fascinating settings and reacquaint yourself with the beauty of the Caribbean sky. Bring your family and friends and spread out picnic-style with telescope, binoculars or just a simple constellation map.

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Transit of Venus in Cayman Islands

The Caribbean Institute of Astronomy (CARINA), together with the Cayman Islands Astronomical Society (CIAS), the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI),the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Trinidad and Tobago Astronomical Society (TTAS), hosted a Transit of Venus event at Camana Bay, Georgetown, Grand Cayman. The event was held on the rooftop of the DART complex in Camana Bay, and consisted of public viewings through several H-alpha and white light solar filtered telescopes, as well as a live broadcast of the transit on the Night skies Network website. The event was also carried live by the CNMG TV station in Trinidad and Tobago, where the transit was not easily visible. The transit began at 5:05pm in Georgetown, and was observed until a few minutes before sunset at 7:00pm.

The event was a massive success, with about 1,000 people attending the public viewings at Camana Bay. 900 solar viewing glasses were donated by the DART Foundation to the CIAS and were given out to the attendees, but that quantity was insufficient for the crowd that showed up. There were at least 7 telescopes available for public viewing, yet some people were unable to view the transit before the sun disappeared into the horizon haze a few minutes before 7:00pm. Considering that the Cayman Islands has a total population of about 50,000, it was a pleasant surprise to have such a large number of people turn up for the event. The weather was excellent during the event, with mostly clear skies with scattered clouds for the duration of the event.

The team in Grand Cayman also measured the ingress contact times of the transit, with times of 22:05:57 and 22:23:02 recorded from observations using a Coronado SM60 H-alpha telescope from Camana Bay for contacts 1 and 2 respectively. Observations and timings were done by Chris Cooke from the CIAS, Isa Mohammed from CARINA and Karen Adam from CARINA.

The TV broadcast in Trinidad was very well received. The coverage lasted for 1 hour, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in Trinidad, which is prime viewing time leading up the the 7:00pm news broadcast. A panel of experts was assembled to give commentary on the event, and included Dr. Shirin Haque, who is an astronomer attached to the University of the West Indies, Dr. Maura Imbert, co-founder and past president of the Trinidad and Tobago Astronomical Society (TTAS), Graham Rostant, co-founder and past president of CARINA, and Yogi Bassie, vice president of TTAS. The panel discussed the importance and mechanics of the transit using video and animation, and brief contact was made with the group in Grand Cayman via Skype, all while observing the transit itself through the live feed from Cayman.

Given the unprecedented turnout in the Cayman Islands and the unprecedented media coverage in Trinidad and Tobago, this ranks as one of the largest coordinated astronomy events in the region.

 
Transit of Venus Media Coverage

The Transit of Venus event hosted by the CIAS and CARINA was covered extensively by the media both in Trinidad and Tobago and the Cayman Islands.

 

The TV broadcast that took place in Trinidad, featuring Dr. Shirin Haque from UWI and Dr Maura Imbert from TTAS,  is available in its entirety on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaIEKUMTmtQ

 

There was a TV broadcast in the Cayman Islands leading up to the event, and it can be seen here: http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2012/06/05/transit-of-venus-public-rooftop-viewing 

 

There are two news agencies in the Cayman Islands that reported on the event, and the two links are:

 

 http://www.caymannewsservice.com/science-and-nature/2012/06/06/venus-transit-draws-hundreds-roof-top-viewing

 

http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2012/06/07/Skywatchers-eye-transit-of-Venus/ 

 

The Trinidad Guardian carried a piece on the transit before the event and the article can be found on their website: http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2012-06-04/look-out-‘transit-venus’-tomorrow

 

The website of the Cayman Islands Astronomical Society (CIAS) can be found here: http://www.caymanastronews.blogspot.com/ 

 
Watch the Transit of Venus Live

CARINA will be travelling to the Cayman Islands to cover the Transit of Venus next Tuesday. We will be broadcasting a live image of the transit online, and the broadcast will be aired by CNMG in Trinidad, on Tuesday June 5th, from 6:00pm to 6:30pm. You will be able to view the transit live on CARINA's channel at:

Night Skies Network (http://www.nightskiesnetwork.com/).

To access the channel lineup, click on the 'View as Guest' button, then look for the CARINA channel. We will begin broadcasting at around 5:00pm Trinidad time, but if you do not see the CARINA channel it may be because we simply haven't started the broadcast yet. If you would like to chat with us online during the broadcast, you would need to register a free account with Night Skies Network, or you can simply chat with us on our Facebook Group.

We would like to express our gratitude to the Cayman Islands Astronomical Society (CIAS) for hosting this event.

 
Transit of Venus

On June 5th, 2012, the planet Venus will appear to travel across the face of the Sun. This event, called a Transit of Venus, is very rare, as there is generally one pair of Venus transits every 120 years. We had the first transit of the pair in 2004, so the transit in 2012 will be the last until 2117. Observing this transit will therefore be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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CARINA in Tobago

CARINA partnered with the Education Division of the Tobago House of Assembly to host two days of astronomy events on May 16th and 17th, 2012. Lectures, documentaries and workshops were held at Movietowne, Tobago, where several hundred school children were in attendance from both primary and secondary level. Tpoics covered incuded the search for extra terrestrial Life, the scale and origin of the universe, the life and death of stars and the planets of the Solar System. At night, telescopes were set up at Fort King George, and the public was treated to two nights of exception stargazing. Telescope targets included Venus, Mars, Saturn, the Carina Nebula and Alpha Centauri. Participants also enjoyed a laser pointer tour of the night sky. 

 


 
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