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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Estimated Million People Will See Venus Transit June 5 to 6 By Online and Japan Getting the Best Position

It is estimated, the transit of Venus on 5-6 June will be seen directly by human beings throughout the world. Venus Transit was confirmed to be broadcast live via Internet networks. The European project GLORIA promised to provide this service.

venus transite map
Venus transite map (NASA)

The European-funded GLORIA (GLObal Robotic-telescopes Intelligent Array) project, coordinated by the Ciclope Group based at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid's Facultad de Informática is to broadcast the transit of Venus across the Sun live over the Internet on 5 to 6 June 2012. The transit will be broadcast from the GLORIA project website and the video will embeddable in any portal. It will also be possible to share photos and educational activities for students.

To obtain a good imaging results from the transit of Venus, GLORIA project has organized a number of expeditions to observe this historic event with solar telescope and digital camera. They cooperated with sky-live.tv to broadcast video and images directly through internet networking. Transit of Venus is very important, because it will happen again in 105 years.

Just after midnight (Madrid Time) on the 5 to 6 June, the planet Venus, as seen from the Earth, will embark on a journey across the solar disk that will take just over six hours.

The spectacle will only be visible from the daylight hemisphere, that is, the part of the planet where the Sun is above the horizon during the transit. The eastern coast of Australia is one of the best places from which to observe the event.

Spain will not be seen as a whole, they will see the end of the transit of Venus at sunrise on June 6, from the northern Mediterranean coast and Balearic Islands. Best position to observe the transit of Venus is in Eastern Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, eastern Australia, Korea.

This phenomenon, which is called astronomical transit, takes place when the Sun, the planet (only the transits of the internal planets, Mercury and Venus, are visible from the Earth) and the Earth are aligned in this order so that the planet obscures a region of the Sun.

The Sun, Venus and the Earth are seldom aligned, because the orbits of the Earth and Venus around the Sun are slightly inclined with respect to each other. Pairs of transits of Venus (eight years apart) occur with a regular pattern of 121.5 and 105.5 years between consecutive pairs.

The last transit took place in 2004, and, after this year's, there will not be another until 2117. Venus has crossed the solar disk only seven times since the telescope was invented.

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