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The Transit of Venus, 6th June 2012

by Teacher Cinzia on June 4, 2012

in Londolozi Cubs

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This year, on the 6th of June, we get to see Venus pass in front of the sun. You know that when the moon passes in front of the sun it is known as a solar eclipse, now, when Venus passes in front of the sun it is known as a transit. This is the first time this will be seen since 2004 (8 years ago!) and the next time this happens will be 2117 (in 105 years time!!), so I would recommend that everyone tries to see this!

PLEASE make sure that you do not look directly at the sun!!

One of the best ways to watch this transit will be to project it through a pair of binoculars or a telescope onto a white sheet of paper. The binoculars or small telescope should be held in place (preferably by a tri-pod) and pointed at the sun, then at the other other end you can put a piece of white paper, and you will be able to watch without hurting your eyes. Remember NOT to look into the telescope or binoculars while they are pointed at the sun and always have an adult to help you.

I have also posted below a video on how to make your own pinhole camera, they say this is for a solar eclipse, but it will work just as well to view Venus when it passes over the sun.

If you would like any further information on the transit of Venus you can go to: http://www.transitofvenus.org/

Enjoy viewing this once in a lifetime experience!

Teacher Cinzia

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Rich Laburn June 6, 2012 at 10:54 am

Fascinating stuff, thank you for posting. rich

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