Photos: Astrophotographers Track 2004 Transit of Venus

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A Wondrous Solar Crossing

Credit: Edwin L. Aguirre and Imelda B. Joson
The transit, or passage, of Venus across the face of the Sun is one of nature’s rarest celestial phenomena. That was why the planet’s solar crossing on…Read More »

June 8, 2004, shown above, was an eagerly anticipated event. It was the first such transit to be observed in almost 122 years and only the seventh since the invention of the telescope in the 1600s.

Transits of Venus occur in pairs eight years apart. The second event of the pair in the 21st century will take place this year — on Tuesday, June 5, as seen from the Western Hemisphere (Wednesday, June 6, from the Eastern Hemisphere). If you miss this transit, the next one won’t occur until December 11, 2117, or 105 years from now!

[See our Transit of Venus 2012: Complete Coverage Special Report.]   Less «
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