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The June 5- 6, 2012 Transit of Venus was the last to occur in our lifetimes. It was also a great show of science-savvy, literate social media in action. There was end-to-end live streaming coverage of the transit of Venus from observatories worldwide.

Special kudos to Slooh Space Camera with Slooh host Patrick Paolucci along with Bob Berman who shared their Google Hangout via YouTube.

Reflections

The Day the Flickerverse watched Venus
Transit of Venus and the Hubble

Local Transit Times

Transit of Venus

Livestreaming

http://sunearthday.gsfc.nasa.gov/webcasts/nasaedge
http://sunearthday.gsfc.nasa.gov/webcasts/mtwilson
http://www.ustream.tv/nasaedge
http://www.ccssc.org/transit2012.html
http://events.slooh.com

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/108400462513165

Flickr Groups

http://www.flickr.com/groups/venustransit (great example of citizen science ... or simply motivating the public!)

Storify

http://storify.com/thinkgeek/venus-transit-2012

Wikipedia

Transit_of_Venus,_2012

Recommended Listening

Dark Sky - With less than a month to the Transit of Venus, find out about the hot planet at the Adam Art Gallery's Dark Sky show
The Transit of Venus Lectures
Capturing Venus
The philosophy of astronomy
Observing the Transit of Venus

Elsewhere on the Web

Your guide to the transit of Venus - ABC
http://www.transitofvenus.nl/details.html
http://www.transitofvenus.org
http://eclipse-maps.com/Eclipse-Maps/Gallery/Pages/Transits_of_Venus,_1631_to_2125.html
http://rekindlingvenus.com
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/watching-the-rare-transit-of-venus-from-1639-to-today/258030
The Transit of Venus from Sydney Observatory
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2016/06/13/japanese_space_probe_akatsuki_is_now_sending_back_images_and_data_from_venus.html?utm_content=buffer62f2d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Tahiti

http://travelworldnews.com/2012/03/10/air-tahiti-nui-offers-special-transit-of-venus-package-best-viewing-of-once-in-a-lifetime-eclipse
http://www.travelquesttours.com/tours/tahiti-transit-of-venus/itinerary/#it-2

Point Venus
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2004/28may_cook
http://www.frommers.com/destinations/destinationmap.cfm?destID=84&a_id=22289

Wiki

astronomy
captain cook
tahiti

Photos


Transit of Venus 2004 [detail]

Videos





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10 Need-to-Know Things About Venus:
  1. Venus is only a little smaller than Earth.
  2. Venus is the second closest planet to the sun at a distance of about 108 million km (67 million miles) or 0.72 AU.
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  1. One day on Venus lasts as long as 243 Earth days (the time it takes for Venus to rotate or spin once). Venus makes a complete orbit around the sun (a year in Venusian time) in 225 Earth days.
  2. Venus is a rocky planet, also known as a terrestrial planet. Venus' solid surface is a cratered and volcanic landscape.
  3. Venus' thick and toxic atmosphere is made up mostly of carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen (N2), with clouds of sulfuric acid (H2SO4) droplets.
  4. Venus has no moons.
  5. There are no rings around Venus.
  6. More than 40 spacecraft have explored Venus. The Magellan mission in the early 1990s mapped 98 percent of the planet's surface.
  7. No evidence for life has been found on Venus. The planet's extreme high temperatures of almost 480 degrees Celsius (900 degrees Fahrenheit) make it seem an unlikely place for for life as we know it.
  8. Venus spins backwards (retrograde rotation) when compared to the other planets. This means that the sun rises in the west and sets in the east on Venus
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http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Venus