Unless you plan on living to be as old as The Professor, this is the last chance you will get to see the Transit of Venus. It starts in about 2 hours, so read fast!
The Transit of Venus is one of the rarest astronomical phenomenon. Pairs of transits, separated by 8 years, occur every 105.5 or 121.5 years. The pattern repeats every 243 years. So, the next chance you’ll have to see Venus cross the face of the sun is in December 2117.
The Transit of Venus will take several hours (the last one in 2004 lasted 6 hours) and will appear as a small black dot moving across the sun. What’s incredible about astronimical phenominon is you will be seeing the same thing that people hundreds of years ago witnessed. You can feel what Jeremiah Horrocks felt, when he watched the Transit of Venus in 1639 (the first known scientific observation) from his home in England. It’s incredibly humbling. You realize just how small we are. It also brings us together. Millions of people are seeing the same exact thing, and are excited about it.
Don’t stare at the sun! We only have like 5 readers, so if you go blind our internet ranking will drop by 20%! Instead, you can use special glasses or just watch it on the internet at the SLOOH SpaceCamera website.
[Image Credit: Jan Herold]