Attention all my fellow Scientists!
Have you heard about the last Venus transit to occur on June 5th? Or, are you wondering what the heck I’m talking about? Your friendly Reading Scientist is here to share this exciting news.
A transit is simply when an object in the sky passes in front of another. So when you
hear about the Venus transit, it really just means that Venus will pass in front of our sun. If you are watching, it will look like Venus will be a little black dot skipping across the Sun’s surface for a couple of hours.
This is an occurrence that happens twice within an eight year period and then won’t happen again for at least 100 years!
How does this occur…watch below to learn, its a quick 2 minute’sh video.
It’s basically a once in lifetime deal. The last time this occurred was in in the years of 1874 and 1872! The first transit occurred in 2004 with the final being this June 5th, and astronomers don’t anticipate another transit until the year 2117, Yipes!
So my fellow Scientists! I urge you to not miss this exciting event…
Wonder if you will be able to see it? Check out the map below to find out…
If you are in a no visible zone (or don’ t have the correct tools to view this), have no fear, there are other ways to view it especially online. The following are links to some really good sites that will allow you to watch the transit as it occurs!
- NASA Edge
- National Solar Observatory
- San Francisco’s Exploratorium
- NASA TV (I personally love this site)
- Coca-Cola Space Science Center (Columbus State University; they have a seriously cool intro; I am psyched for the transit now)
- Bareket Observatory (Israel)
- Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter (University of Arizona)