Crowds were flocking to look at the rare sight of Venus passing in front of the sun Tuesday and Wednesday, depending on the location of their vantage point. The next transit of the planet isn't set to take place until 2117.
NASA (Aug. 1, 2014) Go outside to see Venus and Jupiter at dawn, Saturn and Mars at dusk. No telescope required! Plus the annual Perseid meteor shower is in full swing now through the 17th. The shower peaks the night of ... watch video
Reuters (June 6, 2012) Instruments aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) have captured stunning images of the June 5 and 6 transit of Venus across the Sun. The images give a fine detail view of an event that will ... watch video
AP (June 6, 2012) From the US to South Korea, people around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus. ... watch video
Washington Post (Jan. 20, 2016) Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will be visible in the early morning sky from Jan. 20 to Feb. 20. Here's an animated look at the rare occurrence.
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AP (Mar. 8, 2016) People gazed at the sky in wonder as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia Wednesday morning. The rare astronomical event occurred along a narrow path that stretches across 12 provinces ... watch video
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June 1, 2012 On June 5, 2012, at 6:03 PM EDT, the planet Venus will do something it has done only seven times since the invention of the telescope: cross in front of the sun. This transit is among the rarest of ... read more
May 28, 2012 Many astronomers and members of the public in Britain will be getting up early on the morning of June 6, so they can see (using precautions to avoid permanent eye damage) the final Transit of Venus ... read more
May 4, 2012 NASA's Hubble Space Telescope will study Venus's atmosphere during an upcoming opportunity where Venus is passing in front of the Sun. Hubble cannot look at the Sun directly, so astronomers ... read more
May 1, 2012 On 5 and 6 June this year, millions of people around the world will be able to see Venus pass across the face of the Sun in what will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It will take Venus about six ... read more