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Amazing video: Transit of Venus across the Sun 2012

The transit of Venus across the Sun has enthralled astronomers and amateur stargazers alike. They gathered across the world to view the rare phenomenon. The planet appeared as a small black pinhole moving slowly across the face of our Sun. People turned their gaze to the small silhouette of Venus in a spectacle that will not be seen again until 2117. READ MORE (+ PHOTOS): Subscribe to RT! Watch RT LIVE on our website Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Google+ RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 500 million YouTube views benchmark.

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Sunday, June 17th, 2012 2012 Astrology 25 Comments

Interview with San Jose Astronomical Association, 2012 Venus Transit at NASA Ames

Interview with Dan Wright of San Jose Astronomical Association during June 5, 2012 Venus Transit at NASA Ames Research Center. Dan with SJAA,, was one of many amateur astronomers who set up telescopes for public to view planet Venus as it transits between Earth and the Sun. Before transit, NASA Ames opened the Exploration Center (at Moffett Field main gate just off US 101 at the ‘Moffett Blvd NASA Parkway’ exit) and had Natalie Batalha, Kepler research scientist, described what Venus transit means for astronomy and how Kepler searches for earth sized planets. NASA Ames Exploration Center, Astronomy Picture Of the Day featuring the transit, Venus’ Transit and the Search for Other Worlds, Transit of Venus website, SF Bay Area Insider coverage of the Transit of Venus June 5, 2012 Interviews with some of the amateur astronomers, including Dan Wright and Al Stern. Nice coverage of the people gathered. http

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Sunday, June 17th, 2012 2012 Astrology No Comments

Transit of Venus 2012

On 5th-6th June, it is your last chance to witness one of the rarest predictable events in astronomy – the planet Venus will pass across the face of the Sun. This event, called a transit, will not occur again until December 2117. Transits occur in pairs eight years apart, separated by 121.5 and 105.5 years. The contemporary footage and photos in this video were taken during the 2004 transit, which was best seen from Europe, Africa and Asia. The 2012 transit will be best seen from east Asia and Australasia, but it will be visible as the sun sets across the whole of North America, and as the sun rises in Europe. Venus will appear as a black dot on the Sun, and will take more than six and a half hours to cross the face. It will not cause noticable dimming of the Sun’s light, so appropriate eye protection must be used while observing the transit, to prevent damage to the eyes.

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Friday, June 15th, 2012 2012 Astrology 10 Comments

What Is a Leap Year?

You probably know that 2012 is a leap year. And that means that this year we get an extra day on February 29th. Great–an extra day. Who really cares? Well, leaplings (people born on Leap Year Day of a previous year) care, because they finally get to celebrate their actual birthday. But for the rest of us, it’s just a day like any other day. So why do we go to all the trouble to have a leap year? Epipheo shows you how, based on astronomy, the Gregorian Calendar uses leap year to keep us in tune with the sun, the stars, the universe and our inner man… (yeah, j/k about that last bit…).

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 Prepper Survival 25 Comments

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: 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: Stellarium:

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 2012 Astrology 21 Comments

[FullHD] The Moon through telescope 2012 astronomy

Video: Victor Lupu Optics: CelestronC8 “-Newtonian telescope, plossl20mm, 2x Barlow Mount: CG5 (EQ5) Magnification: 100x Device: Sony CX-130 Video mode: Full HD progressive 1920×1080 Filter: no Date: 27/02/2012 Location: Baia Mare, Romania Processing and editing: Sony Vegas 10 http

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 2012 Astrology No Comments

Weekly Space Hangout – May 3, 2012

In this episode of the Weekly Space Hangout, we talk about: *Shuttle Retirement *Asteroid Mining *Killer Black Holes *New Mission to Jupiter *Problems with Space X *Brown Dwarfs We’re joined by Alan Boyle, Ian O’Neill, Emily Lakdawalla, Amy Shira Teitel, Sawyer Rosenstein, Jason Major, Fraser Cain, and Nicole Gugliucci.

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Friday, June 1st, 2012 2012 Astrology 3 Comments

ToV 2012: Ralph Chou – Observing the Transit Safely and Effectively

Speaker: Professor Ralph Chou, University of Waterloo, and RASC Toronto Centre From the Transit of Venus 2012 Symposium, held Saturday 28 April 2012 at the University of Toronto. The transit of Venus is a rare astronomical event where Venus, as seen from Earth, passes across the face of the sun. This Symposium provided scientific, historical, cultural, artistic, and educational perspectives for the 5 June 2012 transit of Venus, the last one visible during the 21st century. Sponsors: The University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science (Dean’s Student Initiative Fund); Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics; Dunlap Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics; Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology; St. Michael’s College; Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. For more on the Transit of Venus, visit

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Friday, June 1st, 2012 2012 Astrology 6 Comments

Zu et al. (2012): OSU Astronomy Coffee Brief

This is an OSU Astronomy “Coffee Brief” for Zu et al. (2012) paper titled “Is Quasar Variability a Damped Random Walk?” posted on the astro-ph archive on February 19, 2012. For more details, see the paper at: Video made by Ying Zu (OSU Astronomy).

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Monday, May 28th, 2012 2012 Astrology No Comments

Mayan Cosmology Cycle Ends: Precision Cosmology Progresses

(Visit: In a public talk in front of the Great Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza, Berkeley Lab’s Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist George Smoot discusses the remarkable precision that ancient Mayan astronomers achieved solely with the naked eye and comments on the significance of the approaching end of the current World Age of the 5000-year-long Mayan Long-Count Calendar, due to conclude on the 2012 winter solstice. No, the end of the world is not at hand, Smoot says, but it’s true that we’re undergoing a fantastic transition in cosmology. The Mayan view of the universe was based on the sun and moon, a handful of planets, and a couple of thousand stars. Ours is an evolving cosmos reaching back over 13 billion years, based on a cornucopia of data accumulating almost daily and including hundreds of billions of galaxies. [4/2012] [Science] [Show ID: 23616]

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Thursday, May 24th, 2012 2012 Astrology 25 Comments