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  Transit of Venus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A transit is similar to a solar eclipse by the Moon, but, although the diameter of Venus is almost 4 times that of the Moon, Venus appears much smaller because it is much further away from the Earth.
Transits of Venus are rare and occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits 8 years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years.
Johannes Kepler was the first to predict a transit of Venus in 1631, but no one observed it, because Kepler's predictions were not sufficiently accurate to predict the fact that the transit would not be visible in most of Europe.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/transit_of_venus   (1229 words)

  
 Venus, transit
Transits of Venus are quite rare and only occur when Venus is at or near one of its nodes when at inferior conjunction.
The transit of December 6, 1631 was predicted by Kepler, and Gassendi (who had made the first observation of a transit of Mercury) observed the planet at every possible moment on December 4, 5, 6, and 7, but did not see a transit.
Transits of Venus will still be widely observed, however, not only for their rarity but also for the additional information they give about the orbit of Venus.
www.daviddarling.info /encyclopedia/V/Venus_transit.html   (575 words)

  
 Transit of Venus: June 8, 2004
That’s one possible reaction to the upcoming transit of Venus, which is going to be missed by residents of much of the United States.
Similarly, a transit of Venus takes place when Venus comes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking a very small part of it, with the effect being that of a small fl dot moving across the Sun.
The transit of Venus will take a bit over six hours on June 8th, from the moment the edge of Venus touches the edge of the Sun to the moment when Venus leaves the Sun on the other side and vanishes from sight.
www.infoplease.com /spot/transitofvenus.html   (965 words)

  
 ipedia.com: Transit of Venus Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
transit of Venus]] A transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when the planet Venus passes directly betw...
The simultaneous occurrence of a transit of Mercury and a transit of Venus is currently impossible.
The simultaneous occurrence of a solar eclipse and a transit of Venus is currently possible, but very rare.
www.ipedia.com /transit_of_venus.html   (1458 words)

  
 Science News: Live! Venus' transit on the Web.(Astronomy)(Bri... @ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In the United States, only people on the eastern seaboard have a chance of seeing this transit of Venus, and they'll see only the first 90 minutes of the roughly 6-hour event.
However, Venus-struck observers will be broadcasting the transit live over the Internet from Europe, which should have a ringside seat for the entire passage.
Just as during a solar eclipse, viewing must be done indirectly, for example, by allowing sunlight to shine through a pinhole and project onto a piece of paper.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:118376060   (307 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Books: The Transit of Venus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Transit of Venus is the only novel I return to again and again through the years.
Hazzard does that to you; if she tells you, almost as an aside, that a trivial character is going to die one day soon, it could later on grab you by the gut that the mention was a portent of an even greater tragedy.
Although The Transit of Venus is populated by several interesting characters, and is propelled by their sexual liaisons, the central story concerns the trio of Caroline (Caro) Bell, Ted Tice, and Paul Ivory and the mystery that directs, and warps, their relationship even into middle age.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/ASIN/0140107479   (2989 words)

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