Transit of Venus 2012

On June 5, 2012, starting at 5:04 pm in Nashville, the planet Venus will begin to pass across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth. This is called a Transit of Venus, and will not happen again until 2117.

Venus regularly passes between the Earth and the Sun, but most times it passes slightly above or below the Sun as seen from Earth. But on June 5, 2012, Venus will appear as a tiny black dot slowly moving directly across the face of the Sun.

The Transit of Venus takes about six hours to complete in full, but from Nashville the Sun will set about halfway through.

June 2, 2012 is Astronomy Day at Adventure Science Center. From 10 am to 4 pm, visitors will discover how to safely observe the Sun, prepare for the Transit of Venus, view sunspots and participate in indoor and outdoor astronomical activities.

On June 5, 2012 you are invited to observe the Sun and the Transit of Venus at the Adventure Science Center from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. There will be indoor and outdoor activities, transit simulations in the Sudekum Planetarium, and Subway will be here so you can enjoy a delicious dinner along with your astronomy.

Outdoor activities - both days, weather permitting

Indoor activities - both days

Even if it turns out to be cloudy on June 5, we'll still have activities at Adventure Science Center to teach about the Transit and how to observe the Sun safely any day, and will be watching the Transit webcast live from Hawaii. Once you’ve learned how to safely observe the Sun, you’ll be ready for the total solar eclipse which will pass directly through Nashville on August 21, 2017.