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2012 Transit of Venus in Space Engine and Stellarium Astronomy Software

June 5-6, 2012 will be your last chance to see the Transit of Venus until the year 2117! In this video, using astronomy software Space Engine and Stellarium, I do my best to explain what a transit is, why it happens so infrequently and simulate what it will look like from various locations across the world. Much of the information here was found in Dr. Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy blog post about the transit, which also includes links to many online livestreams of the event: blogs.discovermagazine.com Thanks for watching! Please leave a “Like” if you liked this video, let me know what you think in the comments and subscribe for future videos like this! Space Engine: en.spaceengine.org Stellarium: stellarium.org

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 2012 Astrology

21 Comments to 2012 Transit of Venus in Space Engine and Stellarium Astronomy Software

TheJango40
June 4, 2012

Can we see it from scandinavia?

nebbit1
June 4, 2012

Yes you should be able to see it.

3xpertz2
June 4, 2012

Just found out thunderstorms might be blocking it in my area. Crap

DocterFurry
June 4, 2012

You have time to comment but not enough time to watch the whole video? O.o

TeamD3ath2
June 4, 2012

plan on watching this at school… like english is important to year 12 in australia

AwesomeDG92
June 4, 2012

:O I didn’t think I’d be able to see it! AWSOME, now I need to get some solar glasses. Any idea where I could get some in time?

BIGBREAKMAFIA1
June 4, 2012

Kurt you should play moonbase alpha

NinMarlo
June 4, 2012

Thanks kurt 🙂

GummyBearEpic
June 4, 2012

ur amazing


Jeremy16471
June 4, 2012

Hi Kurt you should try Orbiter 2010 its a great space simulator

kaimialana
June 4, 2012

A reminder that people who cannot catch the transit in person, the Mauna Kea Observatory will be broadcasting the entire transit from start to finish, freely available from their website.

joshylord
June 4, 2012

Thanks for the informative video. BTW, 3:53AM AEST I’m posting this comment.

Axidy
June 4, 2012

That game is shit tbh.

saberusterras
June 4, 2012

I will watch with naked eyes. I have stared into the sun before, and my eyesight is still sharp.

ironman121296
June 4, 2012

Wait what, am I missing something? lol

mr1999minecraft2
June 4, 2012

yes the transit begins tomorrow

dandan832
June 4, 2012

Unfortunately there is rain I’m my forecast tomorrow, and I will probably not be able to see it. It sucks

dandan832
June 4, 2012

you won’t be able to see anything even if you do. Venus is small relative to the sun and the glare will obstruct your view. But please do not attempt this, it is really bad for your eyes

saberusterras
June 4, 2012

I know, I won’t really. I was just being snarky. 😉

Beffanz115
June 4, 2012

Canada yeah 😛

Turbolinux999
June 4, 2012

It will eventually start taking it’s toll. I can stare for as long as I want at the sun with my right eye(I’ve been doing it for more than 20 years that way) and while my vision is still mostly sharp… It’s hard to describe… Sometimes it feels like what I’m looking at is one of the moving-but-not-moving optical illusion. I know it’s my brain trying to fill in data that my retina isn’t sending.
Bottom line: Don’t do it too often… I used to do it all the time as a kid. The sun looks awesome!

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