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Venus to transit across the face of the sun

Posted on Tuesday, 5 June, 2012 | Comment icon 22 comments


Image credit: NASA/JPL

 
In a once-in-a-lifetime event, Venus is due to pass in front of the sun for 6 hours from around 6pm EDT.

The rare astronomical phenomenon occurs when the planet Venus passes between the sun and the Earth, appearing as a small black spot against the backdrop of the sun. The event will not occur again until 2117 and will last for 6 hours 40 minutes. Skywatchers and astronomers around the world will be watching with telescopes and equipment specifically modified to look directly at the sun.

"The Venus transit really brings home to us, in a unique way, how ordinary our sun is," said scientist and author Mark Anderson. "There's something very humbling out of this experience. We are another planet in orbit around another star in another galaxy in another corner of the universe. It really brings it home to us."

"One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Tuesday and Wednesday when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, a transit that won't occur again until 2117."

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Comment icon #13 Posted by Paracelse on 6 June, 2012, 1:57
From France it might be visible (weather permitting) today the 6th from 5:50 to 6:55 am. I'll be on the lookout
Comment icon #14 Posted by rashore on 6 June, 2012, 2:26
We were watching a live feed from NASA earlier.. Didn't have anything in the house to whip up into direct viewing, Kind of made me appreciate anew just how tiny we are compared to the huge burning ball of the sun, lol. I mean, Venus is Earth size ish, and even the biggest critter on the planet is a pretty tiny speck compared to the entire size of the planet. Holy crap, the whole of the human population would probably take up less space than a solar flare. And yet, haha, we seem to disturb our planet more than a dozen solar flares.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 6 June, 2012, 2:32
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration
Comment icon #16 Posted by DKO on 6 June, 2012, 3:45
This link has multiple cameras filming it live. One of the Japanese cameras is the bast angle IMO. http://events.slooh.com/
Comment icon #17 Posted by ghostfreak7197 on 6 June, 2012, 5:42
darn.....missed it.....weather was cloudy......watched the webcast though....
Comment icon #18 Posted by csspwns on 6 June, 2012, 18:14
aww i missed it. cloudy that day anyways
Comment icon #19 Posted by katzemacht on 6 June, 2012, 20:39
took a few digi pics last evening, here was the view from here looked like the trees were on fire-- so bright Missed the Venus Transit in 2012? Watch It Online Until 2117 http://www.pcworld.com/article/257056/missed_the_venus_transit_in_2012_watch_it_online_until_2117.html
Comment icon #20 Posted by Kratology on 12 June, 2012, 23:53
So upset i missed this
Comment icon #21 Posted by Slate on 13 June, 2012, 15:11
These are the photos I took without a telescope or filters, just using a binoculars tied to a tripod, projecting the image onto a white board. The orientation is different than what it would be if you were looking straight at it. The white board had some dirt on it and that's what the yellow streaks are. I boosted the contrast on the final photos. This one is more blurry because I hadn't attached the tripot yet, just holding the binoculars in my hand. Some sunspots visible. The sun set right after this one. My makeshift rig.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Paracelse on 14 June, 2012, 5:55
Rained so much that day there wasn't the slightest hope to see a thing, now I've got to wait 2117 darn darn Cool pics Slate


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