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Venus Transit Observation June 5-6, 2012

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 9:15 AM

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It happens only once in a lifetime. The next is in 2117. So who would miss a lifetime event like the Venus Transit of June 6, 2012. It has been most awaited for, most researched on, most wrote about, and most planned for all over the world.


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What Is the Transit?

 

A transit is when one object in the sky passes in front of another. In this case, we’ll see Venus move across the Sun’s face. Think of it as a mini-eclipse.


Venus orbits the Sun closer in than we do, taking about 225 days to circle it once. We don’t see a transit every time, though, because its orbit is tilted slightly (by about 3°) to the Earth’s, so

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