Transit Of Venus: Overshadowed By Jubilee Celebrations?

Watch out for the Sun being eclipsed by Venus at sunrise next Wednesday morning. It’s the last time it’ll happen in our lifetime.

VB reader David Craddock has been in touch about an event happening next week that seems to have been overshadowed by the Jubilee celebrations.

Venus approaching the SunAs North Americans settle down to their evening meal on Tuesday evening next week, Venus will be passing directly between the Earth and the Sun.

David tells us, “These Venus eclipses (transits) are extremely rare astronomical phenomena and only six such events have occurred since the invention of the telescope.

“They occur in 243 year patterns with a pair of them eight years apart and the last transit of 2004 was visible for six hours.”

Someone tell the BBC
David is surprised that not more is being made of the phenomena.

He said, “On the BBC news today we have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and NASA saying our universe will hit another in four billion years, but no mention at all that our Sun is to be eclipsed by Venus – right over the top of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee! Have the astronomers have forgotten to tell the BBC?”

According to the experts, here in the UK you can see the eclipse take place around sunrise on Wednesday 6th June.

David warns anyone planning to view the eclipse that eye protection is essential.

For those with an interest in astronomy, read more information about the Transit of Venus here or on the NASA site.

Image: NASA Goddard under CC BY 2.0

Friday, 1st June, 2012 9:53am

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12 Comments

  1. Kimmi Piggott's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    1.Jun.2012 10:08am

    What time is sunrise at the moment? #imamassivefanofthesnoozebutton

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    • Sally Perry's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

      1.Jun.2012 10:22am

      According to the chart on the link at the bottom of the article, Brits should be able to see the eclipse at around 5.30am-ish Wednesday morning.

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      • Wight Cynic's comment not rated yet. Add your vote Vote +1 Vote -1

        1.Jun.2012 4:17pm

        Sunrise is at 0445 BST. Here is some more info on the transit, from HM Nautical Almanac Office: http://astro.ukho.gov.uk/nao/transit/V_2012/

        Let’s hope our grotty climate doesn’t interfere as it often does with viewing astronomical events. We were lucky with the 2004 transit of Venus, hopefully we will be with this one.

        To reiterate the warning in the article – Do not directly look at the Sun with your naked eye or through binoculars/telescope without specialist filters as you will permanently damage your eyesight.

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  2. Matt's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    1.Jun.2012 10:34am

    It’s a Diamond Jubilee, not Golden

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    • Sally Perry's comment not rated yet. Add your vote Vote +1 Vote -1

      1.Jun.2012 10:38am

      You’re right, David referred to it as Silver and I changed it to Golden. All amended now. Thanks for the heads up.

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  3. BigEars's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

    1.Jun.2012 11:56am

    Many thanks to David for bringing this to our attention, but surely he knows the difference between a universe and a galaxy?

    I would speculate that, if we crash into another universe, all complex matter other than hydrogen will be annihilated as local spacetime collapses. The end of everything. Now that would be news!

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  4. steve s's comment is rated +6 Vote +1 Vote -1

    1.Jun.2012 12:05pm

    But, of course, in models derived from string theory, multiple universes with values of fundamental constants largely unconstrained, almost anything is possible. :-s

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  5. BigEars's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    1.Jun.2012 12:40pm

    Another me was saying exactly that, just the other day to an evil other Steve S. All he said back was
    “Ha ha ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. HA. HA. HA!”.

    He is evil, after all.

    (You weren’t really expecting a serious discussion on theoretical physics, were you, Steve?)

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    1.Jun.2012 12:41pm

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    3.Jun.2012 1:21pm

    the bbc knows about it – i think there’s a special tv programme on the horizon, so to speak.

    google for it, if interested.

    front row on radio 4 ran a feature about creative transitions – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01j6wsv

    and if you want to pop down to leicester – you can get in the transit groove at the space center there.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/cargoes-transit-of-venus-pop-up-observatory/occurrence/96916

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