our last Transit of Venus

Our last Transit of Venus is a film project about the Transit of Venus 2012, supported by the European Planetology Network (Europlanet, europlanet-eu.org).

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A Transit of Venus is when planet Venus passes in front of the Sun as seen from the Earth. This happens at intervals of 121.5, 8, 105.5, 8, 121.5, 8, etc. years. Transits of Venus were observed in 1639, 1761 and 1769, 1874 and 1882 and in 2004. After 2012, one will have to wait until 2117 to see another one.

It was realised in the past that a Transit of Venus event observed from different places on Earth could lead to a direct measurement of the size of the Solar System. The events in the 18th and 19th century led to worldwide expeditions to do exactly that.

In 2004, the exercise was repeated by amateur astronomers and students. Scientists used the Transit to learn more about the atmosphere of planet Venus and about how to observe exoplanets transiting their mother stars. In 2012, similar actions will be organised all over the world.

The film is in the make at the moment and we are now getting footage of the aftermath of the event, the science results and people's memories.

More information on the Transit of Venus 2012 can be found on transitofvenus.nl, transitofvenus.info, sunearthday.nasa.gov/2011/index.php and imcce.fr.

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our last Transit of Venus

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In 2012 the last Transit of Venus visible to people of our time will occur. This is a film project about the event, supported by the European Planetology Network (europlanet-eu.org/).

On this channel you can find related videos: a trailer,


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In 2012 the last Transit of Venus visible to people of our time will occur. This is a film project about the event, supported by the European Planetology Network (europlanet-eu.org/).

On this channel you can find related videos: a trailer, short videos that cover the event (we will follow scientists that participate in the Venus Twilight Experiment, see venustex.oca.eu/foswiki) and presentations by leading scientists and outreach people from Europe and the US.

You will also find videos made by students from the Széchenyi István Secondary School (Sopron, Hungary) in the context of the "Back to the Future - Observing the Transit of Venus now and then" project, also co-funded by the European Planetology Network. It is based on the 1769 Transit of Venus expedition of hungarians János Sajnovics and Miksa Hell. See more on facebook.com/pages/Joannis-Sajnovics/364040453628712?ref=ts and facebook.com/TransitersOfVenus.

More information on the Transit of Venus 2012 and links to many other websites can be found on transitofvenus.nl

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  • Miguel Perez Ayucar

    A fantastic job to document and archive the historic event. Thanks for this.

    by Miguel Perez Ayucar

  • Elaine Davis

    I am surely subscribed!! =) I have such admiration for your project here. Thank you.

    by Elaine Davis

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