Rare Chance to View the Planet Venus
- Tuesday, Juin 05, 2012 09:20
ORLANDO, USA (defend.ht) - On Tuesday the planet Venus will move into an alignment with the Sun that will make it visible from Earth. This is a rare event, the next time it will occur will be December 2117.
The last time Venus was visible as the Sun's shadow was in June 2004, but before this date the event occurred in 1882.
The Transit of Venus 2012, as the event is called, will be visible in the Western Hemisphere on Tuesday, June 5th. This map shows other times the planet will be visible by location.
One should not look at the Sun directly to view the Solar System's second planet from the Sun. The Sun is too bright to make the small planet viewable and it could damage your eyes.
Special glasses or specially configured lenses and/or telescopes are needed. TransitofVenus.org provides six viewing techniques to use.
Absent of equipment made by competent professional, we recommend viewing the transit from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) site Web that will air a live webcast for free.