Mercury and Venus are the only planets closer to the Sun than Earth, both moving faster in their orbits and passing us regularly. But rather than crossing directly between us and the Sun, these planets are usually slightly above or below the Sun as we see them. When they line up just right we see the round, black silhouette of the planet slowly crossing the Sun, an even referred to as a “transit.” Mercury transits the Sun 13 or 14 times each century. But Venus transits happen in pairs – two transits eight years apart – with more than 100 years between each pair.
On 5/6 June 2012 a celestial takes place that is so rare that it will not be seen again by anyone now living. On June 8, 2004 Venus crossed the face of the Sun for the first time since the 19th century. This spectacle will be repeated again this June for the last time until 2117.
Venus Transit 2012 Simulator
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Global Visibility Map
Local Transit Time
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(5) workbook, you will find numerous problems related to the transit of Venus students can work on, ranging from angular and distance measurements involving parallax, to the mathematical analysis of the transit’s periodicity and light curves of transiting exoplanets. It’s available for free download
(6) Educator Guide with Activities in Mathematics, Science, and Technology especially aimed at the transit of Venus.
(8) All material of the workshops for the transit of Venus