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Transit of Venus 2012 on June 6 to be seen on Earth including Philippines, but not much in the US

By on Jun 4, 2012 in Africa, Asia, Astronomy, Australia, Europe, Science, United States, World Comments

The so-called transit of Venus 2012 (or Venus transit) this coming Wednesday, June 6 (Tuesday, June 5 in some areas) can be seen on Earth and widely visible from the western Pacific, eastern Australia, and eastern Asia including Philippines; but not much in the US.



Venus transit 2004, as seen by the Solar
and Helospheric Observatory (SOHO)

Image Credit: SOHO/EIT/ESA/NASA

As explained by NASA late last month, this very rare transit of Venus, where Venus will pass across the face of the sun, will start at 6:09 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 5 (6:09 a.m. Manila time, Wednesday, June 6) and will last for around 7 hours, with the last time happening on June 8, 2004.

According to the report, this Venus transit can be seen in North and Central America, and northern South America but only in progress since the Sun will already go down; but people in Europe, western and central Asia, eastern Africa, and Western Australia will see the latter part.

Based on the NASA global map of Transit of Venus 2012 shown below, most residents from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea, and Philippines will be able to witness this space phenomenon, since the transit will already be in progress at sunrise from their location.

Apparently, transits of Venus happen in pairs but with more than a century separating each pair, with NASA noting that the last pair happened on December 9, 1874 and December 6, 1882, while the next pair to happen on December 11, 2117 and on December 8, 2125.

Meanwhile, NASA is strongly advising the public not to stare directly at the sun while watching this phenomenon, which may harm one’s eyes or can cause blindness, noting that a #14 welder’s glass is a good choice to use.

Likewise, astronomer Mark Thompson wrote on Discovery News last week that one can also project an image of it through binoculars or a telescope onto a white card, or use special eclipse glasses, emphasizing that one should not look directly at it with binoculars, a telescope or any magnifying apparatus.



World visibility map for Transit of Venus 2012
Image Credit: F. Espenak//NASA/GSFC


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