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Pas­sa­ge of Venus on June 6th

Astro­no­me­rs are loo­king for­ward to a very rare event in the ear­ly morning hours of June 06th: a pas­sa­ge of Venus. Obser­va­ti­on oppor­tu­nities will be excel­lent in nort­hern Scan­di­na­via and in Spits­ber­gen. Every 130 years the­re are 2 tran­sits of Venus with a few years bet­ween them. The last one was in 2004. The cur­rent one will be the last chan­ce to obser­ve such an event until Decem­ber 2117.

You wouldn’t see if if you didn’t kow about it, but it is a very important and spec­ta­cu­lar moment for astro­no­me­rs. His­to­ri­cal­ly, tran­sits of Venus were very important for sci­ence, as the simul­ta­ne­ous obser­va­ti­on of a tran­sit from dif­fe­rent pla­ces on Earth allo­wed, for examp­le, the distance to the sun to be cal­cu­la­ted.

If you want to see some­thing, you will need – next to good wea­ther – at least bino­cu­lar and suf­fi­ci­ent eye pro­tec­tion. If you try to obser­ve it withour pro­per eye pro­tec­tion, you risk to lose your eye­sight immedia­te­ly and per­ma­nent­ly!

Tran­sit of Venus, Ice­land 2004. Venus is visi­ble as a dark dot (arrow). The foto was taken with bino­cu­lars and wel­ding glas­ses.

Passage of Venus on June 6th - Transit of Venus, Iceland 2004

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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