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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite will watch from space as Venus crosses the sun's face on June 5 (June 6 in the Eastern Hemisphere) — the last such Venus transit until December 2117
Venus transits occur in pairs that are eight years apart, but these dual events take place less than once per century. The last transit happened in 2004, and the next won't come until 2117. So next month's transit is the last chance for skywatchers to see Earth's so-called sister planet trek across the solar disk.
Originally posted by mugger
A chance to watch once in a lifetime event.
"For the United States, only Hawaii and Alaska will see the entire transit," said SDO project scientist Dean Pesnell, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. So we said, 'Well, let's go to Alaska and see the transit.'"
Not content to live vicariously through their spacecraft, some SDO scientists are headed to Alaska to watch the seven-hour event in its entirety.
Originally posted by JMech
Bringing my scope to work tomorrow, thanks for the reminder. Can anybody help me with the time conversion? In the midwest U.S. (central daylight time). Have been reading articles, does around 3:00pm seem right?
Originally posted by Imtor
I'm not sure what the media was blah-blaing and even though I missed that one, I'm pretty sure I saw Venus on the disk of the Sun somewhere 3-4 years ago, I don't remember which planet it was but there aren't much options anyway, it was not Mercury. And what was that about this happening hundreds of years ago (so they said).