Watches, Warnings & Advisories for Sunflower Co.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Transit of Venus - 5 June 2012

If you've got a passing interest in astronomy, you'll want to take advantage of the last opportunity of our lifetime to see Venus transit the face of the Sun late today.  This event will not happen again until the year 2117.

NOTE: DO NOT look directly at the sun.  You can suffer severe damage to your eyes.  Links below offer suggestions on how to view the event safely.  Here's a good one to start:

For people in Mississippi, Venus will touch the edge of the sun starting at 5:04 PM local time, and visibility will continue until sunset.  If you're outside of Mississippi, consult this chart for local times.  Note, the times listed in the link are Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).  22:00hrs UTC = 5:00 PM in the United States.

A good article on the transit can be found at Wikipedia at,_2012

Other useful links:

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