Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Sun Show: Transit of Venus 2012

Venus crossing the Sun's surface as a small dot (Credit: Kelly Schwartz)
transit is defined as an astronomical event that occurs when one celestial body appears to move across the face of another celestial body, hiding a small part of it. 


Today morning on June 6th, 2012, the Venus crossed the Sun, as viewable on the Earth as a small dot crossing the Sun's surface. Photographers all over the world took pictures of the event which is said is very rare since Venus has a tilted orbit. 

It is said that this astronomical event will not occur before 2117, and is unique for this century. It is also said that this would be one of the last Sun shows of the century, due to which many photographers were eager to takes pictures at this unique opportunity that they will not see for their lifetime.

View more images on the NASA Flickr Group.