A once in a lifetime event: the transit of Venus

By Rebecca Priestley In Science, Transit of Venus

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30th May, 2012
When the transit of Venus occurs on June 6, “it’ll be the last time we see the little black disc of the planet Venus passing in orbit between our planet and the Sun”, says John Field from Wellington’s Carter Observatory. “It’s a chance to see the solar system in action.” Transits of Venus occur in pairs every 125 years. The last transit, in 2004, was not visible from New Zealand. But on June 6, if the skies are clear, New Zealand will be one of the best places in the world to see “the dark ...

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