Government Video Website of the Week: NASA’s Transit of Venus

NASA’s Transit of Venus website seeks to provide information of the passage of Venus across the face of the Sun
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NASA’s Transit of Venus website seeks to provide information of the passage of Venus across the face of the Sun. Such an occurrence is relatively rare and viewing such an event from Earth is limited to transits of Mercury and Venus.

On average, there are 13 transits of Mercury each century, while transits of Venus occur in pairs with more than a century separating each pair.The last Venus transit was in 2004, so the second event of the pair will occur on June 5 (depending on an individual’s location), or June 6.

The website says the entire event will be widely visible from the western Pacific, eastern Asia and eastern Australia, and that most of North and Central America, and northern South America will witness the beginning of the transit (on June 5), but the Sun will set in those locations before the event ends. Similarly, observers in Europe, western and central Asia, eastern Africa and western Australia will see the end of the event since the transit will already be in progress at sunrise from those locations.

For providing information on how to safely view this eclipse, as well as where to look on the Sun, NASA’s Transit of Venus websiteis Government Video’s Website of the Week.

Click here to access the website.

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