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KZN best for Venus transit

2012-06-05 14:30

Durban - The planet Venus will cross between Earth and the sun on Wednesday in a rare astronomical event, according to a report.

The event would be partially visible from parts of South Africa, but those living on the KwaZulu-Natal coast would have the best view.

The Daily News reported on Tuesday that the phenomenon has only happened six times in recorded history.

"This is a very exciting time because the last time this event happened, scientists around the world used it as a way to measure our solar system," said spokesperson Prashina Kallideen of the University of KwaZulu-Natal cosmology research unit.

The next time Venus crosses the face of the sun will be in December 2117.

Kallideen said those who wanted to watch it would need to use eclipse glasses to avoid damaging their eyes.

Comments
  • rooshen - 2012-06-05 14:45

    Time?

      Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-05 16:06

      Sunrise. You will see the last bit of the transit which actually takes six hours. Most of the transit will occur before dawn SA time. If you are fortunate to be on the west cost of the USA you will see the whole event. Australia and Asia will be able to see the whole event. The December 2004 transit was visible from South Africa. Fortunately I saw the whole event on that occasion.

  • gman.gman - 2012-06-05 15:23

    Venus will cross between Earth and the sun on Wednesday in a rare astronomical event...next time Venus crosses the face of the sun will be in December 2117....This 2004 file photo shows the transit of Venus...sounds really rare...

      Steven - 2012-06-05 15:30

      They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits 8 years apart separated by long gaps 121.5 years and 105.5 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Venus

  • Hallo - 2012-06-05 15:32

    What time idiots?

  • ernst.kahl - 2012-06-05 16:00

    Times and map. http://www.planetarium.co.za/main.htm http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/652635main_ToV2012_full.jpg

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