Celestial Spectacle - Transit of planet Venus across the face of the Sun.
June 6, 2012 2:42am CST
How many times have we seen the planet Venus in the sky as either a morning or evening star. It is the 3rd brightest object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon.Early this morning,ie 6th June 2012, Venus made a transit across the face of the Sun.This celestial phenomenon started around 5.30 am (Indian Standard Time) and ended at 10.22 am.It was first seen in USA at sunset and then across the Indian subcontinent and Far East as a small black dot crossing the Sun`s face.Thousands of people had ventured out to observatories to view the spectacle and it was also broadcast by all TV news channels for millions to see for the entire duration of the transit.I also saw it on my television set for the last hour.This transit was last seen eight years back in 2004 and will now be seen 105 years hence in the year 2117.So none of us will be alive to see it again.Did any of you watch it?
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• United States
6 Jun 12
My friend and I used a homemade pin point projector and was actually able to watch it for awhile last night (we're in the Midwestern United States). It was pretty improv for us because we just found out about it about two hours before it was to be visible here, but we were able to get the stuff in time to see it. I think it was pretty cool, especially since I wouldn't have gotten another chance to see it in my life time.
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Jun 12
My eyes are still sore from staring at the sun for an hour this morning. Now all I can see is this big yellow dot everywhere that I look! Just kidding! I did try briefly to see if I could see anything with my sunglasses, but quickly realised that it was futile! I had planned on tracking it online but had a very busy day so did not get the chance. It started from 8am this morning here and lasted until the early afternoon. My children watched it through telescopes at school which would have been pretty cool for them.