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Our Tumblr followers from Bahrain to Berkeley sent in spectacular images of the historic event. We included them here in this slideshow as well as a couple from our Space Editor Ian O’Neill.
Do you have any images you want to share? Submit here and we will add more through the day.
As discussed in Monday’s Discovery News article “Taking Venus’ Temperature During Transit,” I outlined some fascinating science that can be done during the Venus transit. As recorded in previous transits, the enigmatic “aureole” can be used to measure the temperature of Venus’ upper atmosphere.
Discovery News Space Editor Ian O’Neill on last night’s historic event:
For me, one of the highlights was to set up the live video feed to chat with ESA Venus Express scientists who had gathered on the Arctic island of Svalbard. They showed us the frozen scene outside UNIS — the world’s most northern university — while I jibed them about our 80 degree weather and impressive suntans. Having lived and studied at that same location in my Masters year in 2002, that conversation held a special meaning.
But the AWB video feed was just one of countless others around the globe, bringing the world together in a celebration of a Venus transit that no people alive today (barring a few lucky infants who won’t likely remember this transit anyway) will ever see again. It was this global “togetherness” that gave me goosebumps.
Images: Top: Taken through a telescope with my iPhone camera. Bottom: Taken late in the day with my Nikon Coolpix. Special thanks to Kevin LeGore of Woodland Hills Telescope and Focus for lending me his excellent telescope! Credit: Ian O’Neill/Discovery News
Discovery News Space Editor Ian O’Neill is co-hosting this live streaming event starting at 5:45 ET.
Also, he will be tweeting it all.
Be sure to follow Ian at @astroengine. Some more to follow: @Discovery_Space, @AWB_org and @KeckObservatory for live updates. We’ll also be keeping tabs on the hashtags #TOV2012, #VenusTransit and #AWBTOV (specifically for the Mt. Wilson transit event), so be sure to get involved in the Venus transit conversation!
Also, don’t forget to submit your pictures here (along with your name and where you took the image and at what time. You can also stay anonymous, if you want.) We plan to make a slideshow and post the images on this Tumblr.
Venus will pass in front of the sun today, beginning around 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) and ending at roughly 12:50 a.m. EDT (0450 GMT) Wednesday. We have you covered with all you need to know.
First of all, here’s a look at where you can view the historic event live without having to go out outdoors.
Discovery News Space Editor Ian O’Neill is co-hosting, along with Astronomers Without Borders Founder Mike Simmons, a special Venus transit event from the world famous Mt. Wilson Observatory. For the live stream, go here.
Here’s a look at the stages of the transit of Venus.
And instructions on how to take images of the event.
Finally, don’t forget to submit your pictures here (along with your name and where you took the image and at what time. You can also stay anonymous, if you want.) We plan to make a slideshow and post the images on this Tumblr.
Submit images here.
Over the past couple of days, astronomers have been putting solar filters on their telescopes and taking test shots of the sun in anticipation of capturing today’s Transit of Venus.
But this isn’t the first time photographs have been the method of choice for preserving this rare cosmic event. After hand-drawn images dominated observations from the 1761 and 1769 transits, photography came on the scene and was up to the task of creating a stunning record of the 1874 and 1882 events.
The marathon event lasts nearly seven hours and includes a handful of key events.
Editor’s note: Please submit images of the transit of Venus here. Include your name, where you took the image and with what filters, cameras, etc. We will use the images in a slideshow and post some on our Tumblr here.
If you want to stay anonymous, of course that is ok, too.
Also, here are some tips on how to photograph the historic event.
Witnessed only seven times since the time of Galileo, Venus’s solar crossing on Tuesday (June 5) is a rare and historic event that shouldn’t be missed. Unless modern science discovers a way to delay or halt the aging process, this will be the last Venus transit we’ll ever get to see in our lifetime — the next transit won’t take place until 2117, or 105 years from now.
The transit of Venus in 2012 will begin at about 3:09 p.m. PDT (6:09 p.m. EDT or 2209 GMT) and last nearly seven hours as Venus crosses the face of the sun, according to NASA. Observers on seven continents, including part of Antarctica, will be able to see the Venus transit, though for some skywatchers the event will occur on Wednesday, June 6, due to the International Date Line.