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Transit of Venus – Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Transit of Venus—Tuesday, June 5, 2012

There is a transit of Venus in early June. Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun, and appear as a small dot slowly crawling across the face of the Sun.


Images from http://transitofvenus.nl/wp/where-when/local-transit-times/ [2]

Viewing Safety

Never look directly at the Sun. Safe viewing is paramount. Always use appropriate safety equipment to view the Sun. This can be:

Do not use stacked sunglasses, smoked glass, or rely on cloudcover to protect you.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Visibility from Seattle

Start:               3:06pm

Max:    6:27pm

SUNSET:          9:03pm

You can’t see the rest

Transits of Venus have a strange pattern of frequency: 121 ½  years, 8 years, 105 ½ years , 8 years, 121 ½  years, 8 years, 105 ½ years , 8 years, ….) [5] 


 When was the last/next one visible from Seattle?Other transits of Venus:1874





Some Diagrams




Where can I watch it from Seattle?

Pacific Science Center Courtyard – http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Education/Programs/join-us-for-two-major-celestial-events [8]

Solstice Park in West Seattle – http://www.alicesastroinfo.com/2009/06/solstice-park-west-seattle/ [9]


What time should I look from ­­­­another city?

http://transitofvenus.nl/wp/where-when/local-transit-times/ [2]

When is sunset for another city?

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/aa_pap.pl [10]


Oh no! It’s cloudy!


Give me more data!

http://www.transitofvenus.org/ [12]

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/transit12.html [13]

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/transit/venus0412.html [14]

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html [15]