Thursday, 7 June 2012

Venus - Bananarama

Did you see the Transit of Venus? No, not a new Van that Ford have launched but the path of the planet Vebus crossing the sun. Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years.

The transit of Venus on 5 and 6 June 2012, and was the last Venus transit of the 21st century. The next transits of Venus will be December 10-11, 2117. So it's a once in a lifetime occurrence and even knowing this I couldn't be bothered to witness it.

I wonder why that is as I am genuinely interested in astronomy and was most keen on the Solar Eclipse of 1999... maybe Venus hasn't quite got the WOW factor eh?

Makes you wonder just how important knowing what is going on outside of our world is of interest to us in our everyday lives... certainly when you see a Solar Eclipse it is an incredibly powerful and emotional occurrence that makes you wonder at how lucky we are to even exist... Making sure that you make the most of it during the blink of an eye that you are here is SO important.

Hmm, maybe I should have got up and seen that Transit?

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