Image: Jan Herold, Transit of Venus, 2004
Jessica Santascoy, 5/21/12
On June 5, 2012, there will be a Transit of Venus, and it will be the last one in your lifetime. The next transit of Venus will be on December 11, 2117. Click here to watch it with a Night Sky Network astronomy club!
What happens during a Transit of Venus?
Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun and we'll see Venus as a dot on the face of the Sun. It's an ideal time to do safe solar gazing.
Who will see the June 5-6, 2012 Transit of Venus?
"Depending on where you live worldwide, the transit of Venus will happen on June 5 or 6, 2012. If you live in the world’s Western Hemisphere (North America, northwestern South America, Hawaii, Greenland or Iceland), the transit will start in the afternoon hours on June 5. In the world’s Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia or New Zealand), the transit will first be seen at sunrise or in the morning hours on June 6." via EarthSky
How can I see the Transit of Venus?
NASA's Sun Earth Day has a map for events around the world.
NASA Edge will have an exciting web cast from atop the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (find the link on NASA's Sun Earth Day website).Find your local club and consider becoming a member to keep up with all things astronomy! Viewing with an astronomy club is one of the safest ways to see the Transit of Venus. Most events are free or low-cost and you don't have to know anything about astronomy. Find your local astronomy club and consider becoming a member to keep up with all things astronomy!
Check out the transit of venus website for tons of information.
Read Don't Miss the Transit of Venus in 2012: It's Your Last Chance Until 2117 in the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's newsletter, The Universe in the Classroom. The article, by Chuck Bueter, recounts historical expeditions and technological gains through the centuries while looking forward to Kepler Mission findings using the transit method. The article is complemented with links to hands-on activities and online resources.
Watch these Transit of Venus videos.
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Clear skies and happy stargazing!
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