The Venus Transit 2012 – Once In A Lifetime
Warning: Looking directly at the Sun without proper eye protection can result in severe eye damage in seconds.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event because it won’t happen again for another 105 years or so…. I’m pretty lucky to be alive right now,” said Chris Spellman, 40, of Monrovia, who was setting up his telescope at the Griffith Observatory.
—Venus transit 2012 begins as the world looks to the sky
On June 5 2012, from about 6:00 p.m. onward until sunset, a truly rare event can be witnessed from many locations worldwide, including London, Ontario: the planet Venus will move in front of the Sun. Such an event is called a transit. Transits of Venus are truly rare events: the phenomenon has only been observed six times since Johannes Kepler first predicted a transit to occur in 1631, and the next one will happen only 105 years from now — in 2117! It is one of the few events that give human beings a direct sense of the scale of the Solar System, and in fact, Venus transits have historically been used precisely to measure the distance scale of the Solar System.
—The Venus Transit of June 5, 2012
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- The 2012 Transit of Venus (spacedaily.com)