2012 programme

Sat 7th 13:30-14:15

The Transit of Venus 2012

Terry Cuttle


Your last chance to see a rare and historical transit of Venus is on 6th June 2012. The next will not be for another 105 years. There have only been six transits of Venus since the phenomenon was first recognized in the 17th century. The orbital characteristics of the Earth and Venus create the 243 year repetitive cycle of these transits that is very reminiscent of the saros series of recurring total solar eclipses.
Amateurs will need to be prepared to make the most of the occasion that this year’s transit presents for observation and photography. This presentation will review the circumstances of the Transit, discuss weather prospects, and make some suggestions about imaging of this once in a lifetime event (twice if you saw the 2004 transit).