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Venus Envy

The past couple of months have been quite a time for astronomical events—

By Richard Romano
Published: June 5, 2012

The past couple of months have been quite a time for astronomical events—what with the so-called Super Moon in early May, the annular eclipse on May 20, and today the last transit of Venus until 2117. In my neck of the woods (upstate New York), ingress (when Venus first appears on the Solar disk) starts at 17:03:47 (or 5:03:47 p.m. if you prefer), but will be too slow to complete the entire transit before sunset (egress [when it exits the other side] ends at 23:52:28, or just before midnight). (Transits of Mercury—as that planet is decidedly more mercurial— tend to be swifter, and the next one is in 2016.) Here is a site that helps you determine the transit’s times of ingress and egress wherever you happen to be. And, as you would expect, there is an app for that. Happy observing and remember to be careful when making any solar observations (i.e., don’t stare at the Sun). I’d like you to be able to read this blog afterward!

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