Transit of Venus unfolds in morning sky

PTI New Delhi | Updated on November 15, 2017

Moving beauty mark! Planet Venus appears as a dark spot on the face of the Sun, as seen in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday . Photo: K.R. Deepak

Large number of people gathered at the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bangalore to view the Transit of Venus. Photo: K. Gopinathan

At the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bangalore. Scientists and amateur astronomers alike celebrated the arrival of the Transit of Venus. Photo: K. Gopinathan

The rare celestial spectacle as seen in Chennai. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

Stargazers out with cardboard eclipse glasses and telescopes to view the once-in-a-lifetime celestial cameo at the Nehru Planetarium in the Capital. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Venus slowly crossing the face of the Sun as seen in Chennai. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

Planet Venus passing directly between the Sun and Earth as seen at Khammam in Andhra Pradesh. Photo: G.N. Rao

Public watching the last transit of Venus in a century through telescopes set up by Coimbatore Astronomy Club with the Perks Astronomy Club at Perks School on Wednesday. Photo: K. Ananthan

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Transit of Venus, appearing as a dot (behind the haze on the left), as seen in Coimbatore on Wednesday. Photo: K. Ananthan.

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A rare celestial spectacle — Transit of Venus — the last for this century, unfolded in the morning sky all across the country today, enthralling the astro enthusiasts.

Scientists and amateur astronomers alike celebrated the arrival of the Transit of Venus, peering up to the skies to watch a dark black spot slide over the surface of the Sun.

The awesome spectacle was visible all over the country, including the national capital. However, a cloudy sky restricted its visibility from Delhi and some other parts of northern India.

“This was the century’s last Venus Transit,” Nehru Planetarium Director, Ms N. Rathnasree, told PTI.

The event was visible at around 7 a.m., she said.

Large projectors, pin hole cameras and telescopes were set up to help people see the celestial event unfold at the planetarium, where a large number of people had gathered to see the rare event.

“The next Venus transit will happen after 105.5 years in 2117, making this a life-time event,” Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) Director, Mr C.B. Devgun, said.

From the Earth, this phenomenon is seen when the Venus passes between the Sun and the Earth. It occurs in intervals of 8, 121½, 8 and 105½ years, Mr Devgun said.

“The phenomenon should be seen only through solar filters, special solar glasses or with the help of pin hole cameras,” Secretary of Planetary Society of India, Mr N. Sri Raghunandan Kumar, said.

The last Transit of Venus occurred on June 8, 2004 and was visible across India.

Published on June 06, 2012

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