Sunday, June 3, 2012


photos taken tonight on 06.03.2012 of the Full Moon rising over the Wasatch Mountains.

Tomorrow evening there will be another very important occurrence happening in the sky. The planet Venus will "transit” or eclipse the disk of the sun for almost seven hours from roughly 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The entire event will be about 6 hours and 40 minutes. The planet will be closest to center of sun at 7:30 p.m. It is a very rare occurrence and won't happen again for over a century. From the naked eye, it will appear as a little black spot going across the sun, but it's really rare. There have been only seven transits of Venus since the invention of the telescope in 1610, according to NASA. It will be visible all across the United States. It can be considered another “solar eclipse” of the sun. It will be the second solar eclipse this year, and third total solar eclipse will occur on November 13, 2012. One more thing that I came across that I thought was interesting. The path of Venus over the past 8 years will make a perfect five pointed star (pentagram). between the transit (that happened in 2004) and the second transit which is tomorrow (8 years later).
In addition, in case some of you missed it, there was a full moon last night. I took these shots as the moon was rising over the mountain ridge near Lone Peak. Early this morning, there was a lunar eclipse that occurred but unfortunately not visible for those of us who live in Salt Lake.. Whenever there is a solar eclipse (which occurred on June 20), usually a lunar eclipse follows about 2 weeks later because of the alignment of the sun, moon, and earth.

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