Transit of Venus Las Vegas, New Mexico 2012
What is a transit of Venus?
When Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun. Historically, this rare alignment is how we measured the size of our solar system. The view is like a front row seat to the transit method, by which we find planets around distant stars.
When is it?
The last transit of Venus occurred June 5-6, 2012. The next pair of Sun-Venus-Earth alignments will be December 2117 and 2125. Look for a transit of Mercury in 2016.
What happened in 2012?
People across the globe witnessed and celebrated science in action. Observing parties, public outreach, live webcasts, art exhibits, historic displays, music , and more set the 2012 transit of Venus apart as a collective science experience.
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