Venus Transit 2012 A Rare Event

Venus, the second closest planet to the sun, will be directly between the sun and the earth. In the Venus transit 2012 the planet will be seen as a black dot moving across the face of the sun.

Like a total solar eclipse a transit is an astronomical event in which two astronomical bodies come in one straight line. Everybody who has experienced a solar eclipse in the past, noticed that the apparent size of the moon was much larger than that of the sun. That’s why the sun was completely blocked by the moon. But in case of the Venus transit 2012, the apparent size of the Venus coming between the observer and the sun in the background is much smaller. In this case about 30 times smaller than that of the sun we will see the disk of Venus being projected on the disk of the sun.

As the transit of Venus comes in a pair, separated by 8 years, the last transit of Venus was seen on 8th June 2004. This pair repeats at intervals of 105 and 121 years. So the next Venus transits are more than 100 years away and this will be our last chance to witness them. The last Venus transit occurred more than a century ago, in 1882.

Venus transit 2012 times and schedule.

Depending on your location you may see the transit of Venus either as her last steps as the Evening Star, or first steps as the Morning Star. Most of Northern Americans can see the beginning of the transit in the afternoon and evening on June 5, whereas much of Eurasians see the ending of the transit in the morning on June 6. Unfortunately it will be not visible in most parts of South America and eastern parts of Africa. Please have a look at the Venus transit 2012 map below:

Some Venus transit 2012 times:
June 5:
New York 6:03pm
Houston, Texas 5:05pm
Los Angeles, California 3:06pm
Honolulu, Hawaii 12:09noon
June 6:
London, UK 5:37am
Cairo, Egypt 6:37am
Bombay, India 10:05am

According to Fred Espenak, an eclipse expert at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. "People using a filter approved for safe solar viewing can expect to see a small black dot, about 1/30 the size of the solar disk, slowly moving across the Sun." It is not safe when viewing the Venus transit to look directly at the sun and you can NOT use sun glasses either. You need proper eye protection, get solar eclipse glasses.
Venus transit 2012 - astrology implication. In Indian astrology for example, decreasing Venus in Taurus is considered auspicious which gives excellent materialistic results, comfort and ease to life. A Sun-Venus conjunction can also be a powerful metaphor for the marriage of “Love & Light”, the New Age mantra.

Venus transit 2012 - Mayan calendar end of the world.
In many native cultures the 2012 Venus transit is considered a very special occasion and many Native Americans from North and South America call 2012 the Year Zero. In the Dresden Codex, one of the early Mayan books, the beginning of the great cycle in August 3114 BC is referred to as the birth of Venus. December 21 2012 marks the end of this great cycle. The Mayans even regarded the cycles of rising and setting of Venus near the Sun as a key timing trigger in the world. In Mayan Cosmology Venus, our sister planet, is also associated with Quetzalcoatl, the creator of Maya civilization.  Does it mean a renewed world and a new consciousness will be born on the occasion of the Venus transit?

Venus transit 2012 - earthquake dangers?
There is no scientific evidence for a relationship between transits and earthquakes. But after the Venus transit from 12.6.1882 the Indonesian volcano Krakatao exploded nine month later accompanied by earthquakes and tsunami, 10,000 people died. The first pair of the Venus transits took place on June 8, 2004, six months later on December 26th 2004 the Sumatran undersea quake took place followed by a tsunami killing 230,000 people.

You can safely observe the event by viewing it indirectly over the internet:
Live Webcast Of The 2012 Transit

Related post about Venus: Venus spits fire

Image credit: NASA/LMSAL and Fred Espenak NASA/GSFC

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