How to observe the 2012 Venus Transit safely (Youtube video)

April 28, 2012 | By | Add a Comment
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On Wednesday 6 June 2012, Venus will transit (or pass in front of) the Sun. This event will next occur on 11 December 2117  making the transit of Venus literally a once in a lifetime event. Aside from the astronomical aspect of this event, there are also significant historical links between the 1769 Transit of Venus and Captain Cooks secret mission to discover the ‘Great Southern Land’.

Given that this event can NOT be observed directly through a telescope without specialist expensive astronomical filters, now is the time to give some consideration as to how your students can INDIRECTLY observe the transit using inexpensive ($50 approx.) telescopes or binoculars. I have just uploaded the above YouTube video which goes through a couple of ways of observing the transit indirectly.

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This website is maintained by Paul Floyd. I am an amateur astronomer (and school teacher) with 25 years experience (as at 2015) in running a range of education and public astronomy outreach activities. As of January 2015, I have been providing astronomy information via the WWW for eighteen years.