Venus Flies By

A significant historical event has been taking place today, and you need only look upward (with caution) to witness it. The Transit of Venus has been happening in the skies, beginning at around 7:40am and running up until 2:15pm, where we can view a silhouette of Venus moving across the Sun’s path.

It’s a rare astronomical event that won’t happen again in our lifetime, making today the last opportunity for many of us to view the magical event – an event that contributed to Captain Cook’s discovery of Australia some centuries ago and has helped astronomers determine the relative distance from Earth to Sun.

The President of the Astronomical Society of SA, Mr. Rob Jenkins joined us this morning to chat about what makes this phenomenon occur and how we can view Venus in the safest possible way.

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Producer: Ashley Prigent

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