The Transit of Venus is finally here! This rare solar event happens in pairs eight years apart which are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117. To look at the Transit of Venus, we need to use either a pair of binoculars or a telescope and a solar filter (since we cannot look at the sun directly with our naked eyes). Unfortunately, I can’t look at the Transit of Venus because I do not have any solar filters.
Here are some pictures of the transit of Venus:
Clouds partially obscure the sun during the transit of Venus, seen from Maryland in the US, on June 5. The transit began shortly after 2200 GMT Tuesday in parts of North America, Central America and the northern part of South America, and was visible, with magnification, as a small black dot on the solar surface. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)
Handout image courtesy of NASA shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun, June 5, 2012. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Tuesday and Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth, a transit that won’t occur again until 2117. REUTERS/NASA/AIA/Solar Dynamics Observatory/Handout
Handout image courtesy of NASA shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun, June 5, 2012. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Tuesday and Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth, a transit that won’t occur again until 2117.
A combination picture shows the planet Venus as it transits across the face of the sun as seen from the Greenwich Observatory on June 8, 2004 in London. The rare astronomical event last occurred in 1882, while the next transit is due in 2012.
First ContactCredit: NASA / SDOThe Solar Dynamics Observatory caught Venus at first contact with the Sun during the start of its transit.
A bird flies during a transit of Venus, lower left, observed in Wakkanai, a town at the northernmost tip of Japan on Tuesday, June 8, 2004. A transit takes place when Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun. (AP Photo / Kyodo News)