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06/06/2016 – Ephemeris – Venus passes behind the Sun today

June 6, 2016

Ephemeris for Monday, June 6th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 27 minutes, setting at 9:25, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:57.  The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 10:52 this evening.

Today the planet Venus will be in superior conjunction with the Sun, and indeed will pass directly behind the Sun.  That event will be completely unobservable due to the Sun’s brilliance.  Fours years ago we observed the transit of Venus across the Sun.  June 6, 2012.  It got me thinking.  Transits of Venus occur in pairs 8 years apart followed by a very long interval of over 100 years.  It turns out the Venus orbits the Sun 13 times in approximately the same time that the earth orbits the Sun 8 times.  In 4 years Venus goes around the Sun 6 ½ times and put’s Venus behind the Sun 4 years after 2012.  Today to be precise.  In another 4 years we’ll have Venus between the Earth and the Sun again, except Venus will be a bit too far north to transit the Sun.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.


Venus approaches the Sun

SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) stationed at the Earth-Sun Lagrangian point 1 (L1) a million miles sunward of the Earth. Sent back this animated GIF of Venus approaching the Sun in the last few days. In the LASCO C2 coronagraph the large disk at the center blocks the brightest part of the Sun’s image. The white circle represents the Sun’s disk size. Credit ESA/NASA.

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