Today at 4:06pm (in the Mountain time zone) our planetary neighbor Venus, the one with the hell-fire sulfuric acid atmosphere, will gallantly pass between us and the Sun, kind of like the solar eclipse we experienced a few weeks ago but far rarer and far less noticeable. You see, this has only happened 52 times in the last 4000 or so years and won’t happen again until the year 2117 – making this a truly once-in-a-lifetime cosmic experience. It’ll look something like this over the course of its seven hour occultation:

Weather-willing, KRCC’s chief astronomer and operations manager, Mike Procell will convert our 912 N Weber St studio into Venus Transit Headquarters with the addition of some solar telescopes. So, if you’d like to experience this rare event in good company, come on by the station and Mike will be happy to give you your very own personal glimpse of this most unique astronomical event.

If you’re not able to come to the station, and/or our view of the sun is occluded, you can check out NASA’s live coverage of the transit, below:

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In the meantime, if you’d like to brush up on your understanding of the significance of the transit of venus, we encourage you to watch the videos and visit the links below:

More NASA videos HERE, and a great write-up about the event at Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy Blog.

Warning!!!! Never look directly into the Sun, especially via a magnifying apparatus such as a telescope or a pair of fine binoculars, your eyes will be rendered useless. For information about how to safely view this cosmic curiosity, visit NASA’s safe solar viewing page, HERE.

 

5 Responses to The Once-in-a-Lifetime Venus Transit

  1. Paul says:

    Good info.

    • Janet Fanning says:

      yep, esp since we are suppossed to have cloudy skies today during the event, esp the NASA feed with a powerful telescope THANKS

  2. Mike Procell says:

    So let me get this straight, you’re proposing that the earth ISN’T flat AND it’s the one that revolves around the sun?

  3. Ruth says:

    My daughter and I hung out around KRCC for a while and watched something we will probably never see for the rest of our KRCC filled lives

  4. Shane says:

    Hola! Is there any chance you’ll be having the special equipment (telescopes) set up today 6/6/12? Me and my wife went yesterday but there were to many clouds! I would appreciate it!
    Thanks!
    Shane

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