The past two months I’ve done a monthly blog post about astronomy and the things you can observe from your own backyard that people have observed for thousands of years. This month, rather than talk about multiple events, I want to focus on one major event: the transit of Venus across the disc of the sun.
This rare astronomical event will not happen again for another 105 years! Arguably, nobody alive today will see it again (unless you’re frozen and then thawed out when it happens again). The previous transit occurred in 2004 and it was a sight to behold! You won’t want to miss this year’s transit.
I was able to observe this marvelous event in 2004 when it last occurred. The photo at the beginning of this post is one of the images I captured during the event. You can view others in a photo gallery. I can tell you that it is a sight to behold! Seeing another planet pass between the earth and the sun really helps you realize the special place we have in our solar system.
I’ve compiled a number of resources that you can use to find out more about this event. Don’t forget your eye protection when you look up!
As I find more resources that I think will be beneficial, I’ll continue to add them to this post.