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Transit of Venus and Other Out-of-this-World Opportunities PDF Print E-mail
Written by LaurieRuberg   
Friday, 01 June 2012 07:37

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Photo (at right) from 2012 Transit! Photo taken with an iPhone.

View the upcoming Venus Transit on the evening of Tuesday, June 5. Similar to a solar eclipse, Venus will move across the face of the sun and block light from the sun to Earth. The planet's transit will take about six and a half hours to travel across the face of the sun. This is your last chance to see a Venus transit until 2117, so make plans to watch this rare and beautiful event. Read more about global viewing locations.

The image (left) shows what to look for as it displays the planet Venus as it moves between the Earth and Sun. Venus Transit seen by NASA's Sun-observing TRACE spacecraft. Credit: NASA/LMSAL.Transit of Venus 2012

The map below shows viewing times for the upcoming event.

Safe solar viewingEven after the transit, there are ways to stay involved in Venus Transit activities. The SUN EARTH DAY observing certificate challenge for 2012 involves taking images of the transit and, using these images and timings to derive an estimate of the AU. This Flickr group is for the  uploading of your transit images. Read more about this on the Venus Transit Challenge Website.


Remember to follow guidelines for safe solar viewing of Venus Transit. Read more...

You can also watch the transit of Venus live via NASA USTREAM.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:55