Venus transit 2012: a chance to test Earth-hunting techniques (+video)
Venus, lower left, travels between the sun and the earth, in what is known as a Venus transit, in this image taken through a telescope on Tuesday June 5, 2012 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn. (AP Photo/Brainerd Dispatch, Kelly Humphrey) As
Venus's 2012 transit across the sun will let researchers test methods for observing Earth-like planets light years away. It's an opportunity that won't be available again until December 2117. By Pete Spotts, Staff writer / June 5, 2012 This June 2004
Most of California, the Southwest and Midwest are forecast to have clear skies for the Transit of Venus, a rare astronomical sight that will come Tuesday afternoon. But the East Coast, Southeast and Pacific Northwest will likely face cloudy skies.
Skywatcher Andrew Kwon sent in this photo of the Venus transit taken on June 5, 2012. He writes: "Taken with an C8" 6.3 focal reducer, white light solar filter and modified DSLR camera." No location given. Skywatcher Mike Nasisi sent in this photo of
On Tuesday (June 5), the Transit of Venus — in which the planet Venus inches its way across the face of the Sun — will be visible from earth for the last time in more than 100 years.