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Old 06-05-2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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What Is a Transit of Venus?
Transits of Venus—the movement of Venus across the face of the Sun—occur in pairs that are eight years apart and then don’t happen again for more than a century. Prior to the current pair, the last two Venus transits were in 1874 and 1882. After the transit in 2012, there won’t be another pair until 2117 and 2125. These rare alignments have been important for scientific research. Of particular significance, Venus transits provided observers with data that eventually led to a very close estimate of the astronomical unit—the distance between the earth and the sun. (See 1761 and 1769 on the timeline and Why Is It Important?) Browse the timeline to learn some of the history of Venus transits along with related scientific ideas and breakthroughs.
Don't be chump and miss out. First set in this pair was in 2004, next one won't be for... quite some time.
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Very cool. Thanks for the link.
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