The transit of Venus across the disk of the sun is a rare astronomical event that has transfixed astronomers for centuries. June 8, 2004 marked the last occurrence of this event. Due to its extreme rarity (occurring only twice a century) this past transit has been heavily documented and researched by scientists across the globe. This site from the Exploratorium contains educational webcasts and RealMedia streaming coverage of the event. The last instance of the transit of Venus in 1882 is also well documented on this site with an interview from Tony Misch of Lick Observatory and a Quicktime animation made with glass plate negatives. The site provides background information about the planet Venus and the importance of its transit across the sun, as well as information on how to view the event. Educators's will find the "Teacher's Guide" especially useful for lesson and activity plans revolving around Venus.


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