May 27, 2012

Transit of Venus, June 6, 2012

Transit of Venus, June 6, 2012

On June 6, 2012, Venus will be transiting across the sun, from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

Transits of Venus are rare, occurring in pairs, eight years apart, with over a century between pairs. The first part of this pair, in 2004, was not able to be seen in New Zealand.

The next transit of Venus able to be seen from New Zealand won’t be until 2117, so no-one we know now will still be living to witness it.

James Cook travelled to the Pacific in 1769 to witness the transit of Venus and made landfall in Tairawhiti. So there is an historical context to witnessing the transit (seeing the same spectacle as James Cook as he discovered New Zealand).

The Kauri Museum at Matakohe will be providing a telescope with a sun filter for viewing the transit. It will be set up in the tennis courts to the left of the museum. Everyone will be welcome to take a look as the transit progresses throughout the day. The best viewing time (when Venus will be at the high point of it’s arc across the bottom of the sun) will be at between 1 and 1.30pm.

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PLEASE NOTE: If the Weather Forecast is for cloud cover, we won’t be able to see through the telescope, but will try to set up to view the netcast in the Volunteer’s Hall in the Museum.

Sourced: Media Release The Kauri Museum

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