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Venus Transit - June 5/6, 2012
Topic Started: May 20 2012, 10:23:25 PM (1,518 Views)
pokeplayer984
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Looks like there will be another rare phenomenon soon. It'll be June 5/6, 2012. (Date depends on your location.) It's what's known as the Venus Transit. It's when the planet Venus eclipses the sun. This rare event won't happen again for more than 100 years.

Go to the site below to know more about it.

http://www.transitofvenus.org/

Hope you'll all get to see it!

See ya later!
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Kor
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That should be interesting to see indeed.

I hope the ustream will have the footage of that and someone can post a link, for those who can't see it for whatever reason. & maybe youtube will have it too.
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crazedwriter
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I truly do not want to miss this. and I'm praying for a clear sky June 5. And yes, staring at an eclipse without proper protection can seriously jack up your eyes. I still have the pinhole box from the last partial eclipse though I'd rather have the protective glasses.
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Ptyra
Allow me to put on my ~skepticals~
And on my birthday :D ! I truly hope I can get a chance to see it :D
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Blais_13
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Yeah,a phenomenon event I can see,at last :D
But wait,It'll be visible only early in the morning from my country??NOOOOOOOOO! :anger
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pokeplayer984
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Looks like Venus won't be the only planet visible that day. According to the site I posted, both Mars and Saturn will be in the night sky for North America, along with a brief glimpse of Mercury just as the sun sets.

Geez! What a rare event for avid astronomers. :)
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Chiletrek
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Hello:
I will do my best to not miss this event, even though my glasses to see the sun (from back the 90s when a totoal solar eclipse happened in my city) were lots so long ago and no clue how to get new ones. But I will still see if I am able to see this event.

As for other planets, yes, it is always nice that our neirghboring planets will be visible too. To see saturn with a telescope is always a great view.

Thanks for the news Pokeplayer! :DD .
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Kor
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If someone posts a link to a live streaming event, that would help.

Another possibility for those who want to see it live where they are could do a method I read about way way back in the 80's when there was a partial solar eclipse here. Take 2 sheets of paper, use a needle, or thumbtack I guess could work too, poke a small hole in one of the sheets of paper using the tip of the needle. You can then take the paper with the tiny hole in it, put your back to the sun and the sun should show up on the other piece of paper.
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Kor,May 20 2012
10:35 PM
That should be interesting to see indeed.

I hope the ustream will have the footage of that and someone can post a link, for those who can't see it for whatever reason.   & maybe youtube will have it too.

Doing some back research, it seems that some of the same people who did the recent Solar Eclipse live stream are also planning to do the same with the Venus Transit. (Since their camera filters worked so dang well last time.) So, best to look to them for those who can't see it.

As for me, I recently found out that there's a chance I might miss this. I have to work that day. Hmm... Maybe it'll be a good idea to call in sick. What do you guys think? :D

EDIT: Oh, and for those who need to buy the special shades, here's a link for ya. They're less than a dollar each and will be shipped the day after you order them. :)

http://www.rainbowsymphonystore.com/eclipseshades.html

EDIT 2: URL Change for wider range of options. Just warning everyone now, shipping will be quite the hefty price tag for ya.
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pokeplayer984
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Okay, quick tip for those who purchased one of the viewing devices that I linked to.

When you get it in the mail, turn on an overhead light and hold the viewer in front of it. If no light gets through, it passes the test and is safe for viewing the upcoming transit with it. If there is even the tiniest hole, however, return it immediately for a replacement. Even the tiniest hole in the viewer can damage the eyes when viewing the sun with it.

I got mine and it passed the test. So it should be safe for viewing with.

Well, I'll update again on the day of the transit.

See ya later! :)
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pokeplayer984
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Announcing this early! The UStream main connection for this event is ready.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/venus-transit-2012

Hope you will enjoy that when the day comes.

Will make final reminder the day before the transit starts.

See ya then! :)
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Kor
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THanks, I guess the hard thing now will be figuring out what local time to watch that.
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Serris
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Bought some shade 14 welding glass to watch the transit.

I also have a cheap camera I don't mind being destroyed to take photos.
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The Chronicler
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I've been looking forward to observing this rare astronomical event for quite a while now. Unfortunately, the latest weather forecast for my area says it's going to be raining on the day of the transit. :( I guess I'll have to settle for some live internet video instead of seeing the real deal. -_-
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Mumbling
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Rawr.

I'm gonna get up really early tomorrow to see it :)

If you guys want another link for a stream, visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/venus/ :)
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pokeplayer984
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Well, today's the day!

Now, all we can do is wait. :)

It'll likely start when I'm at work and will last for some time.

See ya later!
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Serris
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Unfortunately, it's cloudy here so I need to watch the live feed (which will be recorded).

Hopefully, the clouds will clear up and my welder's glass will arrive.
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I'm watching it online at: http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/transitofvenus/
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Serris
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Too cloudy to see anything. So I'm recording the livestream.
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pokeplayer984
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Excuse me, does anyone know where Mother Nature lives? Why do I ask? Because I want to punch her in the face! Why do I want to do that? Because she's trolling me! How? She is putting clouds in the way of my viewing of it! :angry:

Yeah, looks like I'll have to settle for a Live Stream again. Oh well! -_-
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