The third International Workshop on Cometary Astronomy, IWCA III
June 4-6 2004 Meudon and Paris Observatory, France
I acknowledge all the people who organized the workshop and the Venus
transit tour for their excellent arrangement and hospitality.
Web page of IWCA III
The photos of IWCA III and Vesus transit tour are also posted at the following
Pictures by Eric
by Jean-Pierre Martin @
Astronomique de France (SAF) Doug Snyder Photos
of the Venus transit tour by SAF 1 2
Transit ideo images@
Also refer to gDiary June
The conference room is in this historical building of the Meudon
Observatory. The Meudon Observatory is located outskirt of Paris.
In the dome of the building 83 cm and 62 cm refractors are installed,
which are over 100 years old.
I gave Doug Snyder, an independent discoverer of C/2002 E2 Snyder-Murakami,
calligraphy of my own writing. It is a poem created by the late Minoru
A star, it is in the sky
It is in your mind
And it shines by itself
From left to right: Mark Kidger, Jon Shanklin, Brian Marsden, Jana
Tichy, Milos Tichy
Germans: Maik Meyer (left), Sebastian Höenig (right)
Americans, from left to right: Gary Kronk, Dan Green, Joseph Marcus
Patrick Stonehouse (right) and Mr. and Ms. Snyder.
A minor planet discovered by Tichy has been named Biver (26969) after
Nicolas Biver, the chairman of the workshop. Biver received the plate
on the minor planet from Milos Tichy.
Center: Patrick Stonehouse, right: Michel Meunier, far right: Doug
Snyder. In the dome there is a 1 m reflector used for observation at the
dusk of Saturday June 5.
The 1 m telescope.
Reception was held at the Paris Observatory, near the center of Paris.
In front of the Paris Observatory there is a statue of Le Verrier,
who predicted the position of unknown planet Neptune based on the perturbation
of Uranus orbit.
Pierre Janssenfs gphotographic revolverh (bottom right). He was a
president of the Meudon Observatory and used it for the observation of
the Venus transit in 1874 in Nagasaki, Japan.
A Venus transit observation tour at Montbeliard, near the Swiss
Left to right: D. Snyder, A. Nakamura, T. Oribe, J. Snyder.
We could observe the entire phenomenon under the perfect sky condition.
Philippe Morel, a vice president of Societe Astronomique de France
(SAF), arranged the tour. He observed using webcamera.
One of the IWCA participants, Giuseppe Canonaco.
The local newspaper reported Japanese and Americans observed
Venus transit with the members of the Montbeliard Astronomical Society.
Tourism in Paris and Mont St-Michel
Louvre Musium. Aakimasa Nakamura (left), and Takaaki Oribe.
Orsay Musium. Aakimasa Nakamura (ritght), and Takaaki Oribe.
Mont St-Michel: the World Heritage