Wed June 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Clouds Block Florida Crowd's View Of Venus

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 10:07 am


Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

LIVE NOW: Venus Transits The Face Of The Sun

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 6:55 pm

Handout image courtesy of NASA shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun, on June 5. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Tuesday and Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth, a transit that won't occur again until 2117.
NASA Reuters/Landov


Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

How The Transit Of Venus Helped Unlock The Universe

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 7:46 am

The planet Venus is seen crossing the sun in June 2004 as photographed through a telescope at Planetarium Urania in Hove, Belgium. The earliest known observation of such a transit was in 1639 by English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

In an age when the size of the observable universe is known to a few decimal places, today's Transit of Venus offers a good opportunity to reflect on just how far we've come.

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Less than 250 years ago, the brightest minds of the Enlightenment were stumped over how far the Earth is from the sun. The transits of the 1760s helped answer that question, providing a virtual yardstick for the universe.

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Tue June 5, 2012

Rare Transit Of Venus 'A Beautiful Event'

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 10:11 am

Venus passes between Earth and the sun during its last transit on June 8, 2004, as seen from Manila, Philippines. The next transit of Venus will be in 2117.
Bullit Marquez AP

A rare astronomical event will take place Tuesday evening: The planet Venus will pass between Earth and the sun, appearing as a small black dot moving across the sun's bright disk. It's known as the transit of Venus, and it won't happen again for more than 100 years.

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Mon June 4, 2012

Telescope Still Exposed, But Damage Not as Bad as First Thought

Strong winds over the winter severely damaged the dome on top of the Mount Evans observatory.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

The early word is that it could have been worse. The steel and aluminum dome atop the Mount Evans observatory was destroyed by high winds over the winter. But damage to the telescope inside may not be as bad as first thought.

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