Venus Transit 2012

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Venus Transit 2012 Timing and Imaging Group (UP Astronomical Society); from left: Anthony Urbano, Ezekiel Rodriguez, Beb Jansen Poricallan, Carlo Ray Selabao, Criselda Roque.

The Venus Transit of 2012 is considered as the rarest predictable astronomical event. It is so rare that one person can only observe it for a maximum of 2 times in his or her lifetime. It occurs when the Sun, the planet Venus, and the Earth are in perfect alignment with each other. As viewed from the Earth, Venus appears as a black dot moving across the disc of the Sun.

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Second Contact occurred at around 6:30 am, as measured by our timing equipment. This measurement is consistent with the calculations of Mr. Bamm Gabriana. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano, Ezekiel Rodriguez, Beb Jansen Poricallan, Carlo Ray Selabao, Criselda Roque

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Venus Transit of 2012 (June 6, 2012)

The Venus Transit of 2012 is considered as the rarest predictable astronomical event. It is so rare that one person can only observe it for a maximum of 2 times in his or her lifetime. It occurs when the Sun, the planet Venus, and the Earth are in perfect alignment with each other. As viewed from the Earth, Venus appears as a black dot moving across the disc of the Sun.

Shown below is a brief summary of my observation as part of the Rekindling Venus public viewing and observation held in UP Diliman. The next Venus transit will occur on December 2117.

Organizers of the event pose for a group shot. Photo Credit: Angelie Alagao
Transit-in-progress approaching the final stages of the transit 11:28 am Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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Rekindling Venus (Venus Transit)

Do you have plans already for the Venus transit? Join us in a public-viewing event at the College of Science Amphitheater, University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Reposted from the event page:

What: Rekindling Venus (Venus Transit)
When: June 6, 2012
Where: College of Science Amphitheater, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

A collaboration of RTU Astrosoc, UP Astrosoc, and UPLB Astrosoc in partnership with the AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY, MANILA and DOST-PAGASA.

Transit begins at around 6 am.
Program starts at 7.30 am.

What to expect: exhibits, astronomy booths, lectures, telescope viewing, mobile planetarium (limited passes).

This event is FREE and is open to everyone. Don’t you dare miss this once in a lifetime event (next transit is on year 2117).

Be part of history!

*We would like to thank D’greatrovers for their mobile planetarium services.

Clear skies to all! Feel free to drop by and experience the rarest predictable astronomical event which occurs only 4 times every 234 years (no man alive has observed it more than twice!)!