Venus’ transit day has passed
On My Birthday and my Brothers Birthday too.
I would have loved to see this and even more special since it was on two special days, so it would have been fantastic to see something so spectacular like this….and guess what as so many of us …we did not have the right GLASSES to see this event on
|New York||18:03 (6:03 p.m.), June 5||20:24 (8:24 p.m.), June 5 (sunset|
As with any solar eclipse, you must have proper eye protection to view a planet transiting across the sun….ahhhh and I did not have them….
The last transit of Venus for the 21st century!
The brightest planet, Venus, passed right in front of the sun for nearly seven hours on June 5-6, 2012, but, from many places, the transit was in progress at sunrise or sunset. During the transit, Venus appeared in silhouette as a small, dark dot moving in front of the solar disk.
This exceedingly rare astronomical event
– a transit of Venus –
won’t happen again until December 11, 2117.
However, a transit of Mercury will take place on May 9, 2016.
On a clear night Venus can also be seen as a bright “star” in the sky, especially shortly after sunset or before sunrise.
This is why it is also referred to as “evening star” or “morning star”.