Next week the last transit of Venus – when the Earth, sun, and Venus all align and Venus appears as a black circle moving across the surface of the sun – of what is likely our lifetimes will take place on June 5th. The next one will happen in 2117 – which, unless there are significant medical advances – most of us probably will not be around for. Matter of Cents and I thought it would be fun to share this twice-in-a-lifetime (the way the orbit works they happen in pairs 8 years apart; the last one was in 2004) event with you as part of our Pin Me! series.
Here is a photo of what the transit looks like:
And here is what the proposed path of the transit looks like against the sun.
Can you believe that people were tracking this kind of thing all the way back in the 1500s? Here is the ‘Venus’ Tablet of King Ammizaduga – the little dots in the tablet represent Venus.
The Hubble Telescope will be taking images of it (as reflected in the moon, I believe). I can’t wait to see those images. The Hubble always takes such cool ones, like the two below:
Will you be watching the transit next week? I know my father will be; he used to wake me up in the middle of the night to see meteor showers or other cool space phenomenon.
Do you have any favorite Venus or space pins you’d like to share? Please feel free to link up below. We’d love you to either link to our posts (here and here) or use the linky code below so that everyone can find the other posts. Thanks!