Venus to pass between the Sun and Earth this summer

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(Best Syndication News) - A once in a lifetime event will happen on June 5 and 6, 2012 when Venus will pass across the Sun when Earth is aligned to see this. The event will show up as a small black dot on the Sun’s surface from our earthly point of view. Millions will be able to see this event.

The current issue of Physics World, Jay M Pasachoff, an astronomer at Williams College, Massachusetts, discusses this special Venus alignment and the event through history. Astronomers used this occurrence to develop knowledge of the how the planets orbit the sun and the paths that they travel.

The little black dot that will appear to travel across the Sun will happen on June 5 and 6. It will take around six hours for the black dot to travel across the sun. The next time Venus will travel in alignment with Earth and the Sun to create this black spot will be in 2117.

The orbit of Venus is at a slight angle from Earth. It is more common for Venus to pass below or above the Sun when it travels in space.

Of course, looking at the sun with your own eyes is harmful and can cause blindness. Therefore, we will have to have scientists document this event for us to see it in a safe manner.

Pasachoff's article will appear online on May 1, 2012 at:

By:Julie Marcus
Science and Technolgy Writer




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