Transit of Venus, June 8, 2004

On June 8, 2004 we will experience the most extraordinary and important celestial phenomenon in modern times. For more than 6 hours the planet Venus will be visible in front of the Sun. No living persons anywhere on the Earth have witnessed this before! Actually, this will be the first time in history that everyone can follow the transit with their own eyes using eclipse glasses. The transit is expected to be seen by more people than any other celestial phenomenon ever! It will help scientists to find life on remote planets.
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On June 8, 2004 Venus will transit the Sun as seen from the Earth. With eclipse glasses we will see Venus as a tiny, black dot against the bright solar disk. Click on the illustration for full size and resolution.
Illustration: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo

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Beautiful and historic Transit of Venus
For roughly six hours on Tuesday, June 8, a unique celestial phenomenon was visible from several parts of our globe; the planet Venus passed in front of the Sun.
MAGNIFICENT TRANSIT OF VENUS
The Venus Transit was a magnificent sight in the sky during the first part of June 8. Many followed the transit live on astronomy.no while thousands watched the event with eclipse-glasses and on a 40 square meter big screen from Frognerparken in Oslo. Live images were transfered from telescopes with webcams from several locations from Spitsbergen in the north to Horten in the south.
HISTORIC CELESTIAL EVENT
On June 8, 2004 we will experience the most extraordinary and important celestial phenomenon in our lifes. For more than 6 hours the planet Venus will be visible in front of the Sun. No living persons anywhere on the Earth have witnessed this before! Actually, this will be the first time in history that everyone can follow the transit with their own eyes using eclipse glasses. The transit is expected to be seen by more people than any other celestial phenomenon ever! It will help scientists to find life on remote planets. More.

VISIBILITY, TIMES AND HOW TO OBSERVE
Learn more about the way you can observe the transit of Venus and when and where it is visible.

MAJOR EVENT IN FROGNERPARKEN IN OSLO
The historic transit of Venus on June 8, 2004 will be celebrated with a major event in one of the most beautiful parks in Europe. The public can enjoy the transit with eclipse glasses, telescopes and live images from several locations around Norway, displayed on a very big screen. In this national happening there will also be lots of other activities and the final in a national science competition for children. More

LOCAL EVENTS
See if there are any events concerning the Transit near you! More
 
PHOTOS OF VENUS
We encourage all amateur astronomers to send us their photos of Venus! Here are the contributions we've received so far. More
 
PRESS RELEASES
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PHENOMENA AND RESEARCH
The transit of Venus will be used to make research that can only be done during the extremely rare transit. The transit will among many other things demonstrate how we may look for life on planets similar to Earth around other stars. More.

READ MORE ABOUT VENUS IN "THE NINE PLANETS"
Illustrated encyclopedia on the planets and other objects in the Solar System. It gives virtually all facts and all images available of Venus. More.

SCHOOL PAGES ABOUT THE HISTORIC TRANSIT OF VENUS
How are the distances in space measured? Transits of Venus were used to find the dimensions of the Universe. Here you will find out how they did it try for yourself! For most people this will be the only time they will EVER be able to measure the scale of the Universe! More.

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATIONS
The transit of Venus on June 8, 2004 is a major international event - probably the most important celestial event in modern times! Several international organisations have organised cooperations. Everyone in all involved nations shall be given the opertunity to experience this unique phenomenon. They will learn its importance for science and society and how it may contribute to contemporary science. More.

LITTERATURE, LINKS AND ANIMATIONS. Books about the transit of Venus, links to weather sites, links to more information og lots of animations showing the unique phenomenon. More.

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