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!
Here are some frequently asked questions about the upcoming transit of Venus.
The transit of Venus across the sun occurs June 5 and 6. A smartphone app lets you recreate a centuries-old method to compute the size of the solar system.
Modern scientists are studying the transit around the world like their 18th century predecessors did.
NASA astronaut Don Pettit will capture photos of the Venus transit from the space station's windows.
NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) snapped imagery of Venus, almost past Mercury, in anticipation of the Venus Transit of the Sun on June 5-6, 2012 (depending where you are in the world).
NASA astronaut Don Pettit had the forethought to bring along some solar filters for the cameras on Station. He will deliver the first images of a Venus Transit, taken by a human in Space from the Space Station's cupola.
Several groups will host live webcasts of the historic transit of Venus on June 5.
The full moon of June dips into Earth's shadow on June 4 in a partial lunar eclipse.
See tips on how to see the June 5 Venus transit of the sun in 2012, the one until 2117, in this SPACE.com infographic.
Past planetary transits have offered a rare chance to size up the solar system.
The transit of Venus on June 5 will mark the last time humans will see Venus cross the sun in a century.
The eclipse will occur when the moon passes behind Earth.
The upcoming Venus transit should offer scientists a rare chance to observe the atmosphere of Venus.
See images of the Transit of Venus across the sun as witnessed by people throughout history.
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.