A view of Venus almost completing its pass in front of the Sun. (Photo : NASA/Goddard Space Flight Cent)
The next 'Venus Transit' visible to Earth will take place 100 years from now in 2117. The one after that in 2125.
The last 'Venus Transit' before the one in 2117 occurs on June 5, 2012 (June 6 in the Eastern Hemisphere).
Planet Venus' promenade across the face of the sun will take approximately 6 hours and 40 minutes.
In the U.S. it will be visible starting at 6:04 p.m. EDT (New York) / 3:04 p.m. PST (Los Angeles, San Francisco) / 11:04 p.m. GMT (London).
Broadcast begins at 5:45 p.m. EDT / 2:45 p.m. PST / 10:45 p.m. GMT (UK).
Although the procession lasts close to 7 hours, sky-watchers will be able to witness the rare phenomenon only until sunset, which in the east coast hits at about 8:40 p.m. EDT.
In this once-in-a-life-time occurrence, the planet of Venus passes between the Sun and the Earth visually appears as a black disc moving across the face of the Sun.
Venus transits occur in pairs every hundred years approximately. The last one occurred in 2004, and the next pair, as mentioned above, occurs in 2117 and 2125.
Unlike last month's solar annular eclipse, the 'Transit' will also be visible to the East Coast of the U.S. It will be visible across U.S. cities including New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, D.C., Boston, Seattle, Detroit, etc.
Canada is also well-positioned to watch it.
Areas in the world that will not be able to watch it entirely include eastern South America and western Africa.
Eye protection to view the phenomenon is advised if viewing directly. Some safe ways to watch the Venus transit the sun include using solar filtered glasses, solar filtered telescope, and/or rear projection screens.
Other websites that have announced streaming the event live are:
For more detailed information on the Transit of Venus, visit www.transitofvenus.org .
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