Venus Transit - June 5/6, 2012

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May 21st, 2012, 3:23 am #1

Looks like there will be another rare phenomenon soon. It'll be June 5/6, 2012. (Date depends on your location.) It's what's known as the Venus Transit. It's when the planet Venus eclipses the sun. This rare event won't happen again for more than 100 years.

Go to the site below to know more about it.

http://www.transitofvenus.org/

Hope you'll all get to see it!

See ya later!
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May 21st, 2012, 4:35 am #2

That should be interesting to see indeed.

I hope the ustream will have the footage of that and someone can post a link, for those who can't see it for whatever reason. & maybe youtube will have it too.
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May 21st, 2012, 9:04 pm #3

I truly do not want to miss this. and I'm praying for a clear sky June 5. And yes, staring at an eclipse without proper protection can seriously jack up your eyes. I still have the pinhole box from the last partial eclipse though I'd rather have the protective glasses.

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May 22nd, 2012, 7:41 pm #4

And on my birthday :D ! I truly hope I can get a chance to see it :D
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May 22nd, 2012, 7:55 pm #5

Yeah,a phenomenon event I can see,at last :D
But wait,It'll be visible only early in the morning from my country??NOOOOOOOOO! :anger
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May 23rd, 2012, 2:03 am #6

Looks like Venus won't be the only planet visible that day. According to the site I posted, both Mars and Saturn will be in the night sky for North America, along with a brief glimpse of Mercury just as the sun sets.

Geez! What a rare event for avid astronomers. :)


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May 23rd, 2012, 3:14 am #7

Hello:
I will do my best to not miss this event, even though my glasses to see the sun (from back the 90s when a totoal solar eclipse happened in my city) were lots so long ago and no clue how to get new ones. But I will still see if I am able to see this event.

As for other planets, yes, it is always nice that our neirghboring planets will be visible too. To see saturn with a telescope is always a great view.

Thanks for the news Pokeplayer! :DD .
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May 23rd, 2012, 3:44 am #8

If someone posts a link to a live streaming event, that would help.

Another possibility for those who want to see it live where they are could do a method I read about way way back in the 80's when there was a partial solar eclipse here. Take 2 sheets of paper, use a needle, or thumbtack I guess could work too, poke a small hole in one of the sheets of paper using the tip of the needle. You can then take the paper with the tiny hole in it, put your back to the sun and the sun should show up on the other piece of paper.
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May 23rd, 2012, 3:47 pm #9

Kor,May 20 2012 wrote: That should be interesting to see indeed.

I hope the ustream will have the footage of that and someone can post a link, for those who can't see it for whatever reason.   & maybe youtube will have it too.
Doing some back research, it seems that some of the same people who did the recent Solar Eclipse live stream are also planning to do the same with the Venus Transit. (Since their camera filters worked so dang well last time.) So, best to look to them for those who can't see it.

As for me, I recently found out that there's a chance I might miss this. I have to work that day. Hmm... Maybe it'll be a good idea to call in sick. What do you guys think? :D

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May 27th, 2012, 2:41 am #10

Okay, quick tip for those who purchased one of the viewing devices that I linked to.

When you get it in the mail, turn on an overhead light and hold the viewer in front of it. If no light gets through, it passes the test and is safe for viewing the upcoming transit with it. If there is even the tiniest hole, however, return it immediately for a replacement. Even the tiniest hole in the viewer can damage the eyes when viewing the sun with it.

I got mine and it passed the test. So it should be safe for viewing with.

Well, I'll update again on the day of the transit.

See ya later! :)


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