On this day in 2012…

transit of Venus, Venus, astronomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The transit of Venus – a rare celestial event that has happened only six times since the telescope was invented more than 400 years ago and will not happen again in our lifetimes – will become visible in most of North America from afternoon onwards.

Those in Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, the Pacific and eastern Asia will be able to view the event in its entirety.

In Europe the end of the transit will be visible in the early hours of the morning of June 6.

The link below provides a guide on where best to witness this spectacular, as well as comprehensive information on its history and significance.

Via transitofvenus.org

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