VIDEO & Photos: June 5th Transit of Venus; June 4th Partial Lunar Eclipse

The second of two back-to-back unique astronomical events took place during the evening of June 5.

Early Monday morning, June 4, as the moon was setting in the western sky, the Earth cast a shadow on the moon creating a partial lunar eclipse.  (See photos below.)  

Durning the evening of June 5, Venus moved across the disk of the sun, which is called the "Transit of Venus".  This is a very rare event, given the fact it won't happen again until December 2117!

Check out the NASA links below for more information.


NOAA Satellite Captures Venus Transit

June 5: Venus Transit
Photo courtesy of Danny Murphy

June 5, Venus Transit
Photo courtesy of Paul Brooks


Partial Lunar Eclipse 6/4/12.  Photo courtesy of Paul Brooks. Partial Lunar Eclipse 6/4/12.  Photo courtesy of Paul Brooks.



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