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The transit of Venus

Venus, the Earth and the Sun will be perfectly aligned on the 5th and 6th June 2012. The passage of Venus between the Earth and the Sun will block a tiny part of the solar disk. From the Earth, Venus will look like a small, black disk passing across the Sun. This phenomenon is exceptionally rare and is an event not to be missed. In fact, this is the last chance to observe such a ‘transit’ until the 22nd century.


The Planetary Aeronomy Department at BIRA-IASB guides you through the ins and outs of this remarkable transit of Venus by sharing videos, photos and some technical and scientific explanation on this website. Explore Venus and its history. A new article will be published every Friday up to the 8th June.


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The transit of Venus this year will also be followed by the spacecraft PROBA2. A simulation (.mov) is already available. Our colleagues at the Royal Observatory of Belgium also invite you to visit their site devoted to the transit of Venus of 2004 (in French).


If you have a question, click here. Answers can be found on the FAQ page.

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