Transit of Venus Across the Sun 2012: Latest News
Get the latest news and tips for the rare Venus transit across the sun on June 6, 2012. The next one is in 2117!
The transit of Venus across the sun has a long astronomical legacy.
Asteroid and comet impacts could have raised Mars' temperature enough to support liquid water.
By the end of the 19th Century, the relative spacing of the planets was known but the absolute distance between them was not. This scientific mystery spanning centuries was finally solved by accurate measurement of Venus Transits of 1874 and 1882.
Offering un-obstructed views of the Sun from horizon to horizon and superb weather, Hawaii was perfect for astronomers to view Venus Transits in 1874 and 1882. Such observations accurately determined the scale of the Solar System for the first time.
Sky-watching, navigation and the poetry of the cosmos runs deep in Hawaiian culture. Now Hawaiian elementary school students are diving deeply into astronomy’s the history and future through the Venus Transit.
In 1882, scientists determined Earth’s distance from the Sun by measuring the Venus Transit. This process, now applied in NASA orbiting Kepler Mission, discovers new planets by measuring the light-curve of transit across other stars faraway.
Hawaii is a metaphor for Earth’s place in the cosmos. Native Hawaiians have long recognized the sky’s spiritual and intellectual value. Hawaii hosted observers of the Venus Transits of 1874 & 1882; and it warmly supports astrophysicists today.
On June 5th or 6th, 2012 (depending on your global location) Venus appeared to cross the face of the Sun for the final time until 2117. See this magnificent event and discover the history and science of the Transit of Venus.
Venus will trek across the sun's face on June 5, marking the last such transit until 2117.
Watching Venus trek across the sun's face could help planet hunters hone their techniques.
Skywatchers in New York safely observed the sun in April to preview for a solar eclipse and Venus transit.
Scientists with NASA's Solar Dyamics Observatory probe will head to Land of the Midnight Sun next month.
From the winner of a seat to space to photos of the supermoon sinking, it's been a busy week in space.
Avid astrophotographer Ajay Talwar snapped a stunning photo series of the moon and Venus over Delhi, India.
After the June 5/6 event, the next trek of Venus across the sun's face comes in 2117.
From the bright supermoon to earth-like alien planets munching on stars, it's been a busy week in space.
The goal is to gauge the composition of Venus' atmosphere.
Starting from the surface of the morning star and ending with a view from above Earth. The transit will become reality for human eyes on June 5, 2012 for the last time until 2117.