Transit Of Venus Across the Sun June 5- 6, 2012
This isn’t your regular run-of-the-mill astrological “transit.”
A Transit of Venus across the Sun is a remarkable astronomical occurrence. This takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, becoming visible against the solar disk and appearing to observers on Earth as a small black spot moving across the face of the Sun. The next transit of Venus will occur on June 5–6 in 2012, succeeding the previous transit on June 8, 2004. After this year, the next Transits of Venus will be in December 2117 and December 2125.
Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years.
It is no coincidence that the Mayan Calendar comes to its famous end this year. The Mayan calendar is largely based on the Venus cycle and they were well aware of the regularity of the Transit of Venus so this year was a very logical place to stop.
In the 1760’s wholehearted scientific observations were made by groups hoping to make discoveries that would help navigation as well as advance science. In 1761 Mason and Dixon participated in one expedition for observations at the Cape of Good Hope. In 1769 ships were again set off to numerous points around the globe to make observations of the phenomena, including one ship under the command of Captain Cook who sailed to Tahiti to create an observation post.
Here is a map of locations where the transit of Venus across the Sun will be visible but be sure to use caution just as you would when viewing an eclipse.