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The Best Resources For Learning About The “Venus Transit”

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I suspect many of will be watching “the Venus transit of the sun on June 5 (June 6 in much of the Eastern Hemisphere). Venus will cross the sun’s face from Earth’s perspective, appearing in silhouette as a tiny, slow-moving black dot.”

There are plenty of related resources online, and I thought readers might find it helpful if I identified what seemed to me to be the best of them.

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Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About The “Venus Transit”:

Transit of Venus: Spotting Earth’s ‘evil twin’ is from The BBC.

TransitofVenus.org has just about everything imaginable on it, including Where to Be (and When).

The Exploratorium has a pretty neat site.

And the Smithsonian has one, too.

Space.com has some nice resources, including:

Transit of Venus Across the Sun Through History (Gallery)

Venus Transit of the Sun: A 2012 Observer’s Guide (Infographic)

Photos: Astrophotographers Track 2004 Transit of Venus

The European Southern Observatory has a page of materials for students and teachers related to the 2004 Transit, and much is still applicable today. They also have a page of animations.

Venus transit links us to early astronomers is a good article from MSNBC, again on 2004 but still useful today.

Check out this interactive from SunAeon:

Please install latest Flash Player to run SunAeon Venus Transit 2012

Here’s a great site from NASA that has a closed-captioned video.

The Associated Press has a video.

In pictures: Transit of Venus is from The BBC.

Venus transits across the sun is a photo gallery from The L.A. Times.

Transit Of Venus Pictures: Images Of Astronomical Event (PHOTOS) is from The Huffington Post.

Images: The Transit of Venus is from The Daily Herald.

Space.com has several resources (you may have to click through to see the videos if you’re reading this on an RSS Reader):

Transit of Venus 2012 in Pictures (Gallery)

Feel free to offer feedback and additional suggestions.

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