See Venus Transit Today - A Rare Astronomical Phenomenon
Today witness one of the rarest and extremely beautiful Astronomical phenomenon - The Venus Transit.None of us will likely see Venus pass, like a moving beauty spot, across the face of the sun again as it will be seen only after 105 years.
- Venus Transit
- What Is Venus Transit
- History of Venus Transit
- Previous Occurrences of Venus Transit
- June 2012 Venus Transit
On Wednesday, planet Venus put on a rare show for sky gazers and Common people. It was truly a sight which will not be seen before 100 years. Much of the world witnessed the transit with Observers in North America seeing the transit in the evening on June 5, 2012 and in Asia on morning of June 6.
What Is Venus Transit
Venus transit is an rare astronomical phenomena which takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth and hence casting a shadow on the sun. During a transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun instead of a usually bright morning star. A Venus transit is almost same as a solar eclipse (caused by the Moon), but it is extremely rare and it appears smallerand travels more slowly across the face of the Sun, because it is much farther away from Earth.
History of Venus Transit
Even though most of the Ancient civilizations knew about the Venus and recorded the planet's motions, they did not know about the Transit. In ancient greek, indian and chineese literature, there is no mention of transit, but there is detailed description of planet. For example, Mayas called it Noh Ek, "the Great Star" or Xux Ek, "the Wasp Star and the Greek called it Hesperus the evening star and Phosphorus the morning star. Kepler was the first to predict Venus transition. He predicted it in 1631 and also predicted a near miss in 1639 which was corrected by Jeremiah Horrocks .
Previous Occurrences of Venus Transit
- December 7 1631 : Predicted by Kepler
- December 4 1639 : First transit observed by Horrocks and Crabtree
- June 6 1761: Lomonosov and others observe from Russia
- June 3-4 1769: Observed in Tahiti
- December 9 1874 : Visible from Muddapur, India and Campbell Island, Newzeland
- December 6 1882: John Philip Sousa composes a march, the "Transit of Venus", in honor of the transit.
- June 8 2004 : Live Broadcast on Tv across the world
June 2012 Venus Transit
From the Extreme west to extreme east, people around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the once-in-a-lifetime sight of the transit of Venus. It was however harmful to watch it with naked eyes. We should only look at the transit with a properly filtered telescope or cardboard eclipse glasses. See the Video below on how to safely Observe Transit
Observatories around the world are taking measures to make sure people can watch it. In India it is just over after 5 hours of spectcular show and i am glad to have witnessed this rare event.
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