Transit of Venus on June 5, 2012

May 31, 2012

 

On June 5, 2012, Alaskans will have the opportunity to witness an event that no one will likely see again in their lifetime -- the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. Transits of Venus are rare. They occur in pairs and are separated by more than 100 years. Tomorrow will be the second transit to occur this century. The last Venus transit occurred in 2004, but the next pair won't happen until 2117 and 2125! 

 

You can participate in this unique occurrence by attending a community event, sponsored by NASA here in Fairbanks. With help from the Fairbanks Astronomical Unit and the Geophysical Institute, the public can view the transit, participate in some hands-on activities, take in a lecture on Venus and more!

 

NASA will provide live coverage of the transit from various locations on the globe -- Fairbanks is one of the chosen locales. If you would like to participate in the live webcast, by providing a 20 minute interview on what you think of the event, what you research here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and what life is like in Fairbanks, then join the NASA team anytime from 1 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Noel Wien Library Auditorium. All interviews will be stored as part of a time capsule that will be reexamined at the next transit of Venus in 2117. It's simple -- just show up at the auditorium, ask for event coordinator Becky Jaramillo of NASA and be prepared to speak for about 20 minutes.

 

Find out more about the NASA activities and the webcast here.