Transit of Venus
Viewing the Partial Eclipse 20 May 2012
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to view a partial solar eclipse but, on June 5th, the even more elusive Transit of Venus , another type of eclipse which occurs when Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, will be gracing us with its presence. The earth, moon and sun align approximately every 18 years, 10 days, and 8 hours according to Babylonian astronomers who watched eclipses over a 2500 year period, however, seeing some type of solar eclipse is far more common. We experience a partial, annular, hybrid or total eclipse about every 2 years or so (read more about it here). The Transit of Venus is much rarer. Watch this video to find out why we aren’t going to see another Transit of Venus until 2117 even though we saw one in 2004.
Missed the Partial Eclipse and the Transit of Venus? It’s okay. Below is the list of predicted eclipses for 2009-2015. You still have one more chance to see an eclipse this year if you're in Australia or South America.
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