Live Transit of Venus 2012 HD Streaming from Mauna Kea, Hawaii – NASA Edge – June 5-6

Live Transit of Venus 2012 Times in Your Country

Live Transit of Venus 2012 HD Streaming from Mauna Kea, Hawaii – NASA Edge – June 5-6

Live Transit of Venus 2012 (or Venus transit 2012) this coming Wednesday, June 6, 2012 (Tuesday, June 5 in some areas) can be seen on Earth and visible from the western Pacific Ocean, northwesternmost North America, northeastern Asia, Japan, the Philippines, eastern Australia, New Zealand, and high Arctic locations including northernmost Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland.

As explained by NASA late last month, this Venus transit of 2012 will start at 6:04 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 5 and will last for around 7 hours. Transits happen when a planet crosses between Earth and the sun. Only Mercury and Venus, which are closer to the sun than Earth, can undergo this unusual alignment.


In North America, the Caribbean, and northwestern South America, the beginning of the Venus transit will be visible on 5 June until sunset. It continues from sunrise on 6 June where the end of the transit will be visible from South Asia, the Middle East, east Africa and most of Europe. It will not be visible from most of South America or western Africa.

Based on the NASA global map of Transit of Venus 2012 shown below, the entire transit of Venus will be visible from Hawaii, Alaska, New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, most of Australia, and parts of eastern Asia. Countries in the Western Hemisphere will see the transit on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, while those in the Eastern Hemisphere will see it on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

Viewers in North America will see Venus start to cross the sun in the late afternoon on Tuesday, but the sun will set with the planet still in transit. Observers in Europe, Africa, and western Australia, meanwhile, will see the sun rise Wednesday morning with Venus already on its face.

The Venue transit is a very rare astronomical phenomenon as it happen in pairs eight years apart. The previous transit happened in June 2004 pairing with this year’s transit. The last pair happened on December 9, 1874 and December 6, 1882, while the next pair is scheduled to happen on December 11, 2117 and on December 8, 2125.


“People watching this event through some form of safe solar viewer will see the small, dark silhouette of Venus crossing the sun’s face over the course of about six hours. Venus’s diameter will appear only about a 30th the diameter of the sun, so it will be … like a pea in front of a watermelon,” said Jay Pasachoff, an astronomer at Williams College in Massachusetts.

“The effect won’t be visually impressive, but that black dot against the sun is a remarkable thing to see,” he added.

A simulation of the transit of Venus 2012 can be seen here where the first contact with the sun happening on 6:04 pm ET, Venus to be fully inside at 6:21 pm ET, greatest at 9:26 pm ET, Venus leaving the Sun the next day at 12:34 pm ET, and last contact with the Sun at 12:51 pm ET.


NASA is strongly advising the public not to stare directly at the sun while watching this rare phenomenon since it may harm one’s eyes or can cause blindness. Just like viewing the solar eclipse last May 20, 2012, it is advisable to use a #14 welder’s glass, a special “eclipse glasses” or telescopes equipped with solar filters.

Likewise, astronomer Mark Thompson wrote on Discovery News last week that one can also project an image of it through binoculars or a telescope onto a white card.


NASA Langley is sending a team to the 14,000-foot summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii — site of the world’s largest astronomical observatory. A live stream webcast of the Venus Transit 2012 is available at NASA’s site where the coverage starts at 5:45 pm EDT (11:45 a.m. local time in Hawaii). The webcast will be presented by NASA’s NASA Edge program and serves as the agency’s primary Sun-Earth Day webcast.

The University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter in Tucson, Ariz., is expecting a sold out crowd during its special Transit of Venus reception on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, which begins at 2 p.m. MST (4 p.m. EDT, 2000 GMT).

The online Slooh Space Camera will offer a complete view of the transit of Venus 2012 from several different observatories around the world, including telescopes in Australia, japan, New Zealand, Hawaii, Norway, Arizona and New Mexico. The webcast will begin at 3 p.m. PDT (6 p.m. EDT, 2200 GMT).

The Coca-Cola Space Science Center  at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga., will offer a comprehensive webcast of the Venus transit here from observation points on June 5, 2012 where viewers will be able to see images from Alice Springs, Australia, Mongolia’s Gobi Desert and U.S. transit views from Bryce Canyon in Utah and Columbus, Ga.

Israel’s Bareket Observatory will offer live Venus transit images in a webcast here on June 6, 2012, between 5:33 a.m. and 7:56 a.m. Israel local time, which corresponds to 10:33 p.m. EDT June 5 and 12:65 a.m. EDT June 6 (0233 to 0456 GMT).

The Sky Watchers Association of North Bengal (SWAN) in India is also having a live stream telecast which will start at 4 am IST (Indian Time) here.

Live Transit of Venus 2012 – Watch it live – June 6, 2012

The transit or passage of a planet across the face of the Sun is a relatively rare occurrence. Tomorrow (June 6, 2012), you will get an opportunity to view this rare event from the early hours to around 10.20 a.m.

Of all the planets the transits of Mercury and Venus only are possible to be seen from Earth. So watching this occurrence is fascinating. So far only seven such occurrences have been recorded in the years 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882, 2004. The next one after tomorrow’s event will happen only in 2117.

On June 6, 2012, the last lap of the transit of Venus is visible in India. Fortunately, the Sun rising early due to summer, people in Chennai will be able to watch this rare astronomical event from 5.43 a.m. onwards. Of course, the sky should be clear.

Since Venus walks across the Sun and as we know, we should never watch the Sun with naked eyes, it is advisable to view this grand event with professional sky-watchers and with safe equipments.

Live transit of Venus 2012 will begin to be visible in the Western Hemisphere on Tuesday evening, and will be visible for people in the Eastern Hemisphere on Wednesday at sunrise.

At 6:04 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the planet Venus will begin to cross paths between the sun and the Earth.

By 6:22 p.m., our sister planet will appear as a black dot moving across the face of the Sun for six hours. The further west you live in the states, the longer you’ll be able to view the transit.

As long as clouds don’t ruin the view, most of the world will be able to watch the celestial event. The entire transit will be visible for people in the Western Pacific Ocean, northwest North America, northeastern Asia, the Philippines, Oceania, and high Arctic locations such as Scandinavia, Iceland, and Greenland. But the transit will never be visible for those in east South America, West Africa, Portugal, and Spain.

Transits of Venus occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, in which a pair of two transits is separated by eight years and each pair itself is separated from others by alternating periods of 121.5 years and 105.5 years. Although we last saw one in 2004, this year’s transit will be the last transit of the century. The next one will be in 2117, so it’s your last chance to watch our sister planet dance across the largest stage in our Solar System.

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Live Transit of Venus 2012 Free Streaming Webcasts, Websites & TV Channels

Live Transit of Venus 2012 Webcasts, Websites, TV Channels List

Live Transit of Venus 2012 Free Streaming Webcasts, Websites & TV Channels

Live Transit of Venus 2012 Webcasts, Websites, TV Channels List

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 Streaming Transit of Venus 2012:

      1. Live Transit of Venus on We,, 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.
      2. 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.
      3. 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.
      4. 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.
      5. 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.
      6. 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.
      7. 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.
      8. 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.
      9. 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.
      10. 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.
      11. 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.
      12. 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).
      13. 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.
      14. 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.


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Live Transit of Venus 2012 Time in Your Country on June 5-6

Live Transit of Venus 2012 Times in Your Country

Live Transit of Venus 2012 Time in Your Country on June 5-6

Live Transit of Venus 2012 Times in Your Country

On June 5-6, 2012, Venus will pass in front of the Sun. The transit of Venus 2012 will be the last chance to view this phenomenon for over 100 years.

Transit of Venus 2012 explained

During the transit, Venus passes between Sun and Earth. The planet becomes visible from Earth as a small dot against the Sun’s disk. Although Venus is almost four times larger than the moon, it blocks a much smaller portion of the Sun’s face than the moon does during a solar eclipse. This is because it is much further away from Earth.

Venus is the second planet from the Sun, Earth is the third. On a clear night Venus can also be seen as a bright “star” in the sky, especially shortly after sunset or before sunrise. This is why it is also referred to as “evening star” or “morning star”.

Transit of Venus 2012 – Timeline

It takes Venus 6 hours and 40 minutes to travel across the Sun’s disk. Seen from the Earth’s center (geocentric coordinates) the transit begins at 22:09:29 and ends at 04:49:27 Universal Time (UT).

Depending on the observer’s actual geographic location, times will differ by up to several minutes (see table below).

Note: Times are stated in Universal Time – a time standard based on the Earth’s rotation. Click on the links to see corresponding local times worldwide.

  • June 5, 22:09:29 UT: the planet’s first contact with the outer rim of the Sun’s disk.
  • June 5, 22:27:26 UT: Venus becomes fully visible in front of the Sun.
  • June 6, 01:29:28 UT: moment of “greatest transit” (the closest Venus appears to the center of the Sun’s disk).
  • June 6, 04:31:30 UT: Venus reaches the opposite side of the Sun’s rim
  • June 6, 04:49:27 UT: the planet completes its transit across the Sun’s disk.

Transit of Venus 2012 – Local Time in your Country or, City

Location Beginning of Transit of Venus 2012
or sunrise
End of transit of Venus 2012
or sunset
Honolulu, Hawaii
12:10 (12:10 p.m.), June 5 18:44 (6:44 p.m.), June 5
Los Angeles, USA
15:06 (3:06 p.m.), June 5 20:02 (8:02 p.m.), June 5 (sunset)
New York, USA
18:03 (6:03 p.m.), June 5 20:24 (8:24 p.m.), June 5 (sunset)
London, UK
04:45 (4:45 a.m.), June 6 (sunrise) 05:54 (5:54 a.m.), June 6
Paris, France
05:49 (5:49 a.m.), June 6 (sunrise) 06:55 (6:55 a.m.), June 6
Delhi, India
05:23 (5:23 a.m.), June 6 (sunrise) 10:22 (10:22 a.m.), June 6
Tokyo, Japan
07:10 (7:10 a.m.), June 6 13:47 (1:47 p.m.), June 6
Sydney, Australia
08:16 (8:16 a.m.), June 6 14:44 (2:44 p.m.), June 6
Auckland, New Zealand
10:15 (10:15 a.m.), June 6 16:43 (4:43 p.m.), June 6

Can I see the Transit of Venus 2012?

The whole transit of Venus will be visible in the following locations:

  • Northwestern North America (e.g. Alaska and north-western Canada)
  • Hawaii
  • Eastern Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Northern and eastern Asia (e.g. Japan, eastern China, Sibiria, Mongolia)
  • Parts of Southeast Asia (e.g. Philippines, eastern Indonesia)
  • Western Pacific

The transit of Venus will still be in progress at sunset on June 5 in:

  • Mainland U.S.A.
  • Most of Canada
  • Mexico
  • Central America
  • Northwestern South America
  • Eastern Pacific

The transit of Venus will already be in progress at sunrise on June 6 in:

  • Europe (except Portugal and western Spain)
  • Western Australia
  • Western and southern Asia (e.g. India, Thailand, Iran, Turkey)
  • Eastern Africa (e.g. Egypt, Kenia, Madagascar)
  • Indian Ocean

Transit of Venus Dates History – How often does this happen?

The alignment Earth – Venus – Sun has only occurred 7 times since the invention of the telescope: in 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882, and 2004.

The phenomenon can be experienced in recurring intervalls of 8 years, 121.5 years, 8 years, and 105.5 years. The last occurrence was 8 years ago, the next one will be in 105.5 years – on December 11, 2117.

The following chart shows the dates of several Venus Transit pairs and the Venus Transit Cycle.

The times in red reveal the primary cycle. The times in blue reveal the dual sub-cycle occurring between pairs. The times in yellow reveal the duration between the last transit of one pair and the first transit of the second pair.

Transit of Venus Dates History

Transit of Venus 2012 – Watch Live with eye protection

Like observing solar eclipses, viewing the Venus pass before the Sun requires proper eye protection. The sun’s photosphere emits intense infrared and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Just as UV radiation causes sunburn to skin, it can also damage the retinas in the eyes – but it does so at a much faster rate. The human eye can suffer permanent damage if it is exposed to direct sunlight for a few seconds.

The easiest and cheapest option to protect your eyes while watching the transit of Venus is to buy solar shades, which normally cost around 1 USD.

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