Live Transit of Venus 2012 Free Streaming Webcasts, Websites & TV Channels
Much of the world will be able to witness a rare skywatching event on June 5, as Venus crosses the face of the sun in a spectacle that will not be visible again for more than a century. But for anyone who is not able to see the so-called transit of Venus in person, there are other ways to catch the historic event online.
While observers in many parts of the world — including North America, Europe, Asia and eastern Africa — will be well-placed to see at least part of the transit in person, several organizations are planning to broadcast live streaming views using footage from various observatories and telescopes around the globe.
Here are a few of the web links for June 5-6 Transit of Venus 2012 offering Live Streaming webcasts over a laptop/computer screen or smartphone:
- Live Transit of Venus on RootsBD.com: We, RootsBD.com, will broadcast Live Transit of Venus 2012 for our viewers around the world to witness this historic event that will not be visible again for more than a century. Viewers who decide to tune into our LIVE webcast will be able to watch the entire transit unfold, as Venus appears to touch the outer edge of the sun, then travels onto the face, before crossing the inside edge and continuing along its orbit. Live stream feed will start in June 5 at 22:50 GMT / 17:50 EDT/ 03:20 IST.
- NASA EDGE @ Mauna Kea, Hawaii Live Webcast: NASA will be hosting a Sun-Earth Day webcast on June 5 that will last the entire length of the Venus transit. The footage will stream live from the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, with accompanying commentary from various experts. Times are subject to change, but the webcast is currently scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. EDT (2145 GMT). This is the Official Sun-Earth Day Webcast for the Transit of Venus. Don’t miss the NASA EDGE team and the Sun-Earth Day team as they bring you this last of a lifetime event live from the top of Mount Mauna Kea, Hawaii, through our partnership with the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.
- Slooh Space Camera: The Slooh website has organized a series of Live Webcasts from Japan, California, Arizona and New Mexico, UK, Australia & Hawaii accompanied by commentary from Astronomy Magazine columnist Bob Berman and Patrik Paolucci. So, don’t miss the last transit of Venus in our lifetime – catch it live on Slooh from multiple feeds worldwide at 5:50 pm EDT – FREE to the public. Patrick Paolucci and Bob Berman will helm the 8 hour broadcast alongside many guests, including scientists, filmmakers, researchers, and astronomers.
- Much Hoole, Horrocks Live Webcast: Audio Visual Installation linking the 2012 observations with the observation in 1639 by Horrocks. Live Projection of NASA feed in St. Michael’s Church, Much Hoole. Performance of Clarinet and Saxophone duet between 1st and 2nd contact and 3rd and 4th contact sent back to NASA.
- Fairbanks Alaska Live Webcast: Join the Fairbanks Astronomical Unit, the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the National Institute of Aerospace as they celebrate the Transit of Venus in Fairbanks, Alaska. The team will be watching the transit from SDO along with several grounds based telescopes, as well as doing lots of activities. The sun is up for 21 hours in Fairbanks on June 5th so the view of the transit will be great.
- Mount Wilson Observatory Live Webcast: Astronomers Without Borders will produce a live webcast of the Venus transit from historic Mount Wilson Observatory, including vintage telescopes, interviews with scientists, historians, and transit experts.
- NASA TV Live Webcast: NASA Television (NTV) will provide real-time coverage of Transit of Venus 2012 activities and missions as well as providing resource video to the news.
- Glenn Research Center Live Webcast: Watch Transit of Venus live webcasts with interviews and talks given by researchers at Glenn about technologies being developed there for future robotic missions to Venus.
- Norway Live Webcast: Cameras from various Norwegian locations, including Spitsbergen will show the entire transit. In addition: Live demonstration of parallax effect, school activities, measurements of the AU.
- European Space Agency Live Image Stream: Engineers from The European Space Astronomy Centre linked to Venus Express satellite are taking visible and H-alpha telescope images to twin locations: Svalbard in the Arctic, and near Canberra in Australia.
- IAO, Hanle, Ladakh Live Webcast: Placed at 14,800ft above sea level, the Indian Astronomical Observatory is the world’s highest station webcasting the Transit of Venus. Interact with the Team at Hanle via twitter on @aaadelhi Via IIA, VP, AAAD.
- Coca Cola Space Science Center Live Webcast: Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will be hosted by Centralian Middle School in Alice Springs, Australia. The CCSSC team will be educating local students and uploading live images of the Transit in two wavelengths (90mm Hydrogen-alpha & 60mm Calcium K-line).
- San Francisco’s Exploratorium Live Webcast: Begins on June 5 at 22:00 UT. The webcast will have a telescope feed plus audio commentary every 30 minutes.The duration of the program will be about six-and-a-half hours, beginning at 22:00 UT (noon in Hawaii) on June 5. First contact is at nine minutes past the hour.During the webcast, you can also listen to a sound composition being created from the video of the transit in real time.
- BBC Two: Horizon: The Transit of Venus will broadcast on Tuesday 5 June at 2100 BST on BBC Two in the UK and afterwards on the BBC IPlayer.