PHOTOS: Transit of Venus, 2012


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Astronomers around the world trained their telescopes on the skies Tuesday, June 5, to watch Venus pass in front of the Sun, a once-in-a-lifetime event that will not be seen for another 105 years.
 The transit of Venus began shortly after 6:00 pm (2200 GMT) in cloud-free areas of North America, Central America and the northern part of South America, and was visible, with magnification, as a tiny black dot on the solar surface.

Only six transits have ever been observed (in 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882 and 2004) because the transit is invisible without magnification, though the event has happened 53 times between 2000 BC and 2004. The next will not take place until 2117.

For a list of transit times in US cities: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/transit/venus/city12-2.html.
For international locations: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/transit/venus/city12-1.html

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Asia/Middle East:
 
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Seoul, South Korea
23:57 UTC
Guangzhou, China
00:41 UTC
6-6-12, 9:45 am. ILOCOS SUR, Philippines. Photo by: Mariquit Obrero
 Australia:

Sydney, Australia
23:25 UTC

America:

Medford, Oregon, USA
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
23:01 UTC
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Arrowhead Park Naperville, Illinois, USA
1:10 UTC
Syracuse, New York, USA
Bradley Heath@dogpellet
The Maxis telescope pointing at the Venus transit. It's a shame I forgot to charge my camera! http://twitpic.com/9t7d8p
Ben Brockert@wikkit
Transit of Venus and geodesic Reunion Tower. http://twitpic.com/9t9me0
Langley@langley
The Transit of Venus http://instagr.am/p/LgpgcDDAYX/
Chris Calubaquib@ChrisAstro
Venus and the sun at sunset http://twitpic.com/9t9dge http://twitpic.com/9t9dgz http://twitpic.com/9t9dhd Farewell! :) #transit


 
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