Transit of Venus
When Venus passes in front of the sun.
Go straight to my website
In 2004 and 2012, Venus appeared as a small black dot when the planet passed in front of the Sun. For this rare phenomenon I created original content, compiled links to other credible sources, coordinated significant education and public outreach, wrote papers, created a premiere Transit of Venus website, and generally immersed myself in all things ToV.
The next transit of Venus will occur in December 2117, when our descendants will open a Transit of Venus Time Keg from the 2012 event. My transit of Venus website was at www.transitofvenus.org, with excerpts below.
Four-minute trailer summarizes the history and significance of the transit of Venus while preparing for June 5-6, 2012, spectacle. Story traces its value from early expeditions seeking to measure the size of the solar system, to similarities with transits around distant stars being detected by the Kepler spacecraft. Was available in full-dome video for digital theaters. Produced with Patrick McPike.
For a recap of what happened for the 2012 transit of Venus, please see Prezi at https://prezi.com/3tgyibho9g-w/transit-of-venus-across-the-sun/.
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The Transit of Venus website and its archive of resources are offline due to malicious attacks. The 2004 and 2012 versions are saved as PDF files, linked below.
Click to view PDF excerpts from the 2004 Transit of Venus website.
More PDF excerpts (see list below) from the 2012 Transit of Venus website are forthcoming.
2012 website pages saved as PDF files: