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Transit of Venus: Happening Today and Not Again in Our Lifetime: VIDEO


Venus will cross the sun today, which it did in 2004, though it won't happen again for a long time.

The L.A. Times reports:

It will begin at 3:06 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, and hit the center of its journey at 6:25 p.m. The sun sets in Los Angeles at 8:02 p.m., but in points west — such as Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, eastern Asia, and most of Europe — the show will go on for two more hours. (The transit will occur on Wednesday for points west of the International Date Line.)

Do not look at the sun directly. Use a pair of cinoculars to project the sun onto a piece of paper, or if you can find a projected image of the sun on something else, look for a tiny dot. That would be Venus. Some places, like planetariums are selling special glasses. No doubt there will be some spectacular photos shot this year.

This will not happen again until 2117.

Watch NASA's video on the transit, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Cool- thanks for the reminder about this.

    Posted by: Drew | Jun 5, 2012 9:54:21 AM

  2. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 5, 2012 10:24:02 AM

  3. where did I leave my cinoculars?

    Posted by: David | Jun 5, 2012 10:37:09 AM

  4. It was a clear day where I was in Hamilton, Ontario. Not only the Venus transit, but I believe I saw 7 to 9 sunspots.

    I'll put in a plug for the Galileoscope people. For a plastic telescope, it's a remarkable device. And for about $40 in parts, I was able to assemble a "sun funnel" screen to project an image of the sun onto, so everyone could watch the transit together at once.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 6, 2012 2:39:55 AM

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