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Picture of Venus Credit Space.com

If I said that tomorrow night, June 5, 2012, you’ve got the chance to see something you’ll never ever have the chance see again, would you call it an adventure?!  I would!

Tomorrow’s Transit of Venus is a celestial event that won’t come around again in our lifetimes (well, probably.  The next transit is December of 2117… but let’s assume that if I live to be 135 years old that my vision won’t be quite as good as it is now.)  That makes the TOV one exciting event that you won’t want to miss!

Viewed from Illinois, the path of Venus will cut across the “top” 1/3 of the sun beginning around 5 pm Central Standard Time (6 pm if you’re in the Eastern time zone) and will continue across for about 7 hours, which means you’ll be able to check this out any time after work all the way through sunset.

As with all solar events, you SHOULD NEVER EVER LOOK AT THE SUN lest you burn your retinas and never look at anything else again.  So that means it’s time for some grade-school arts and crafts time to make your very own Pin-Hole Viewer!  You remember this, right?

Materials:  Shoebox, 2 inch square of foil, 2 inch square of white paper, pin or needle, tape, exacto knife or carpet knife.

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My once-a-shoebox pinhole viewer.

Five Fun Venus Facts!

  1. Even though Venus is much smaller than Jupiter, because it is so much closer to Earth, its apparent magnitude is greater than Jupiter’s! (Apparent Magnitude= how bright an object looks from Earth, not how bright it actually is.)

  2. You wouldn’t want to get caught in a storm in Venus since its clouds are primarily made of Sulfuric Acid.

  3. Venus is almost the same size as Earth- it’s only about 400 miles smaller in diameter- but it rotates much slower (243 Earth days= 1 Venus day.)

  4. Venus may have once had water but, if so, it’s long gone.   Its proximity to the sun and a runaway greenhouse gas effect has dried the blue planet up.

  5.  On Venus, the sun rises in the WEST and sets in the EAST.  The only other planet to rotate that direction is Uranus.

*Fun facts are from space.com, planetfacts.net and nasa.com, but synthesized for awesomeness by me, here on Adventure Foot.

The path Venus will take across the sun looks like a “J” across the upper 1/3. For specific times and locations, visit transitofvenus.nl

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