Monday, June 4, 2012

The 2012 Transit of Venus - Last Time for a Lifetime

Alright, for all you Space and Solar geeks out there (you know who you are), Big, BIG Event happening tomorrow:  The Arc of Venus.  

We will not have a chance to see this with human eyes again in this lifetime.

When Venus transits the sun on June 5th and 6th, an armada of spacecraft and ground-based telescopes will be on the lookout for something elusive and, until recently, unexpected: The Arc of Venus.

"I was flabbergasted when I first saw it during the 2004 transit," recalls astronomy professor Jay Pasachoff of Williams College. "A bright, glowing rim appeared around the edge of Venus soon after it began to move into the sun."
For a brief instant, the planet had turned into a "ring of fire."

The Arc of Venus observed during the planet's 2004 transit by amateur astronomer André Rondi using a 10-cm refractor near Toulouse, France

Arc of Venus (ring of fire, 200px)

Live Webcast of The Arc of Venus - NASA/Coca Cola Science Center

This should be Fantastic if it's not overcast in your location.  Eye Protection is not an option.
Use Refracting/Reflecting Boxes or at least Welding Goggles.  The Sun is not fully covered, FYI.

Happy Viewing!

For those of you in the WI area, Recall Election tomorrow as well.  Vote, VOte, VOTE!