The spectacle of Venus transiting will be visible in India between 5.55 and 10 22 am on Wednesday 6 June 2012.
By 6:22 p.m., our sister planet will appear as a black dot moving across the face of the Sun for six hours. The further west you live in the states, the longer you’ll be able to view the transit.
As long as clouds don’t ruin the view, most of the world will be able to watch the celestial event. The entire transit will be visible for people in the Western Pacific Ocean, northwest North America, northeastern Asia, the Philippines, Oceania, and high Arctic locations such as Scandinavia, Iceland, and Greenland. But the transit will never be visible for those in east South America, West Africa, Portugal, and Spain.
Transits of Venus occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, in which a pair of two transits is separated by eight years and each pair itself is separated from others by alternating periods of 121.5 years and 105.5 years. Although we last saw one in 2004, this year’s transit will be the last transit of the century. The next one will be in 2117, so it’s your last chance to watch our sister planet dance across the largest stage in our Solar System.
PolicyMic will be providing LIVE updates on the event.
Tuesday 8:51 AM: Scientists will be watching the transit to draw information about exoplanets, planets outside of the Solar System. The dips in a star’s brightness, caused by a known planet transiting a known star, the diameter of Venus during the transit, and the atmosphere of the planet can give clues to astronomers studying exoplanets.
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“oin us below at 3 pm Eastern on Tuesday (June 5) for a live 30-minute online chat with SA Editor George Musser, who will discuss the transit of Venus occurring later that evening. We invite you to post chat questions in advance in the comments below.
On June 5 in the Americas and June 6 in the rest of the world, people will be able to see one of the rarest predictable events in astronomy: a solar transit of the planet Venus. Over a six-hour period the disk of Venus will be silhouetted against the sun. Seeing it safely requires a special eye-protection filter, or a telescope or binoculars can safely project an image onto a wall or sheet of paper. But if you miss it, your next chance won’t come until the year 2117.
- Tips on how to safely watch the transit of Venus (sacbee.com)