Get ready for the 'Transit of Venus'
June 1st, 2012
11:20 AM ET

Get ready for the 'Transit of Venus'

There's a lot of excitement surrounding the "Transit of Venus," even though this rare astronomical event will yield little scientific value.

On Tuesday, Venus will cross the face of the sun. The transit will take about seven hours and begin at 6:09 p.m. EDT.

The next time Venus journeys across the sun will be in the year 2117, says Jack Lissauer, Kepler Mission co-investigator and planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research.

"This is the last chance for almost everybody unless we have huge medical advances," Lissauer says.

In 1769 Capt. James Cook set up an observation point in Tahiti, French Polynesia, where he collected data on Venus during the transit that took place over 243 years ago. To this day, the place Cook observed Venus’ trek across the sun is known as Point Venus.

Tour operators are advertising trips to Point Venus to watch this once-in-a-lifetime event. “To be on the same spot that Cook was in the South Pacific, there’s a real unique historical significance to that,” said Nick Panza, vice president for Air Tahiti Nui, when asked about the company’s vacation package. “For that reason we think it’s the best place in the world to observe it from.”

For those who want to watch the entire six-hour, 40-minute transit, Tahiti is a good place to be. “If you are in a certain part of the globe, and this includes Alaska and much of the Pacific and eastern Australia and some of northeast Asia, you can see the entire transit,” Lissauer says.

It may be tempting, but please follow this warning: DO NOT STARE AT THE SUN.

If you want to look at the transit before sunset, you need a special pair of glasses, a telescope with a special filter or a pinhole camera so you do not damage your eyes.

If you are worried about your eyes or you can’t make it to Tahiti to watch the entire transit, you can still witness this rare event. NASA will be providing a webcast from the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

Viewers in the mid-Pacific will have great views in particular because the sun will be high overhead during the crossing. And in the United States, sunset will offer the best views.

At sunrise in 2004, the end of the Transit of Venus was visible in the eastern United States. This time it will be sunset when people throughout the contiguous United States will be able to observe part of the transit. According to Lissauer, sunset is the best time to watch because you can observe Venus with the naked eye.

“When the sun is very close to the horizon and it is very red and you can normally look at the sun without hurting your eyes,” Lissauer says. “Then you can actually look at the sun directly and you will see this little circle caused by Venus blocking part of the sun’s light.”

This event may be more historical than scientific, but it is one astronomical event that can be enjoyed by all.

Past Transits of Venus were used to understand the size of the solar system and the distance between planets, Lissauer said.

“It’s an interesting and unusual astronomical event, one that people can see actually with their own eyes, and it has a lot of historical significance.”

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  1. TonyDan

    Is it as accurate to say that venus is about to "transit venus" as it is to say that the orbit of venus will transit between the earth and the sun in a way that will be particularly visible to those that live on earth.

    It seems that all planets are constantantly in transit with the sun in our solar system. Our relation to the other planets is the point, is it not. Please help me with this.

    June 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  2. GasPredictor

    In New England, this Transit of Venus has been postponed due to rain. Make-up date is 2117. Be ready.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  3. GunnerGA

    Did I just read that story correctly? Did CNN actually permit a person to give the go-ahead to LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN????? One should NEVER look directly at the sun – NOT AT ANY TIME. Seriously bad advice to ever post in a news story. Can CNN confirm their health safety information? Does CNN wish to have a lawsuit from someone who did not know precisely when it would be safe and blinded themselves in the process of following the advice given in a CNN story? Really now. This was simply foolish to be printed without clarification and disclaimers

    June 5, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • LouLa

      8th para down... "It may be tempting, but please follow this warning: DO NOT STARE AT THE SUN.

      If you want to look at the transit before sunset, you need a special pair of glasses, a telescope with a special filter or a pinhole camera so you do not damage your eyes."

      June 5, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • just sayin

      Try reading the whole article. The article clearly states: "It may be tempting, but please follow this warning: DO NOT STARE AT THE SUN."

      June 5, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Sophia Dengo

      Hi there, GunnerGA.

      You'll notice that we've given multiple warnings both on the blog & on our Twitter account that agree wholeheartedly with you - one should never look directly at the sun. Thanks so much for your concern, and also for reading!

      Take care,
      Sophia Dengo,

      June 5, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • GasPredictor

      GunnerGA, you are correct. The first few paragraphs contain appropriate warnings, but the last few paragraphs do say you can look at the sun directly:

      “When the sun is very close to the horizon and it is very red and you can normally look at the sun without hurting your eyes,” Lissauer says. “Then you can actually look at the sun directly and you will see this little circle caused by Venus blocking part of the sun’s light.”

      Let the lawsuits begin.

      (Well, I've looked a the sun directly when it's near the horizon, and that's the way I observed the 2004 transit of Venus, but CNN should add a big dollop of caveat to this paragraph, too.)

      June 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  4. houbie

    Crap. I'm going to miss it.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:52 am |
  5. Ilovescience

    Ever see the path Venus takes around us? It's beautiful. Out universe is beautiful on so many levels - from the macro to the micro. Behnd every intricate piece of machinery is an architect, an artist, an engineer, etc. The simplest of machines require intention, thought, creativity. Can you simply throw some Legos on the floor and come up with one of those super cool legobot thingamajigs? Nope. Yet we think this intricate masterpiece we live in daily had no intentional creator. Not so! And yes I just used Legos to support my belief in God. So???

    June 5, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • Jamie

      Love the way you explained this :]

      June 5, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • Boisepoet

      If everything requires a creator...who created god?
      If you can't answer that one then your premise that things always need a creator is ignorant and illogical BS.

      But I answer who created, who created god in his own image. Read the bible and you'll see the best and worst of man is reflected there.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • JDS

      You are ignorant about current science Primewonk. Almost all Scientist, Physics, Astronomers ect, accept intelligent design as a way to explain the impossible fact that our universe exists as it does. In fact every day they are proving our universe must have been created. Even if there were an infinite number of Universe's, it is highly impossible mathematically that one would exist like ours without a designer. Google people. Read what the PhD's believe. Read the facts about all the variables it take to make us sit here and communicate like we do. it is amazing. I think a greater topic would be why so many chose to absolutely refute A creators existence. What was before the big bang? What made nothing explode into a completely organized universe capable of sustaining intelligent life? You would have to be a true rebel to refuse intelligent design if you actually have studied the facts, and mathematical impossibilities of what we have here. It is you who are backwards just as the Catholic church was when they refused the Earth was round.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • just sayin

      JDS conducted a scientific poll of 100% of all scientists in order to make this post.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • fimeilleur

      @ JDS, please look up what REAL scientists are ACTUALLY saying about ID... such as: it's not science. And guess what, the court agrees with them. On December 20, 2005, in Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover, U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III ordered the Dover Area School Board to refrain from maintaining an Intelligent Design Policy in any school within the Dover Area School District. The ID policy included a statement in the science curriculum that "students will be made aware of gaps/problems in Darwin's Theory and other theories of evolution including, but not limited to, intelligent design." Teachers were also required to announce to their biology classes that "Intelligent Design is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin's view. The reference book Of Pandas and People is available for students to see if they would like to explore this view in an effort to gain an understanding of what Intelligent Design actually involves. As is true with any theory, students are encouraged to keep an open mind". In his 139-page ruling, Judge Jones wrote it was "abundantly clear that the Board's ID Policy violates the Establishment Clause". Furthermore, Judge Jones ruled that "ID cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents". In reference to whether Intelligent Design is science Judge Jones wrote ID "is not science and cannot be adjudged a valid, accepted scientific theory as it has failed to publish in peer-reviewed journals, engage in research and testing, and gain acceptance in the scientific community". This was the first challenge to the const itutionality of teaching "intelligent design" in the public school science classroom. (Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al., Case No. 04cv2688)

      You are free to return to your beLIEf blog now.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • Sciguy73

      Venus traces out a path around the sun, not around us. It is beautiful, but it only requires fairly simple mathematics to explain the elipse it travels. Science figured that out hundreds of years ago. The laws of nature are amazing enough on their own and are quite understandable to anyone who bothers to learn and do not require inventing invisible men to explain them.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • just sayin

      Orbits are ok, but a Rhino giving birth, that's beautiful. And sharks, they have 2 dongs, 2! Only the greatest of all creators would think of multiple dongs.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  6. southernwonder

    we can always believe the hubble telescope because it gives us sky related information reliably and verifiably. we can not say the same of bible which just bluffs that there is a bogeyman "heaevnly father of jesus" up there in sky who gets mad at you if you just don't give up your brains and just fall in line. hubble has establsihed bible touted sky dwelling thing does not spin around the earth, and does not exist.

    June 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • Germana DeSaint

      Dear one,

      Jesus is not a boogeyman. All he asks is that we have more compassion and love for each other, as humanity. It's all in a book called The Bible. Also, faith is felt in your heart. This is my humble opinion to which I give others, but in my heart I know it as a fact.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:00 am |
      • fimeilleur

        You're right. Jesus is not a boogyman, he's in fact a zombie... this is much more comforting. And faith, is accepting something to be true, without, and sometimes despite, any or all evidence to the contrary... doesn't seem like a virtuous trait to me.

        June 5, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  7. svann

    Captain cook observed the transit of venus – then the natives ate his face.

    June 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  8. svann

    Does this count as a partial eclipse?

    June 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  9. RRMON

    Right about the same time (1769) that Pluto transited through Capricorn, when the colonist started to organized for a revolution.

    June 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • sutekh2010

      Thats right, Pluto in Capricorn in mutual reception with Saturn in Scorpio

      June 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  10. Don

    Or someone debating "GENIUS" that can't spell chlorine.

    June 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  11. freshnewblog

    I think that I can publically admit it now. I like stuff like this.

    June 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  12. KAS

    It would be nice to see the transit, but the weather tomorrow doesn't look promising. It's getting to the point that I should probably relocate to a better climate just so I can see these things.

    June 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  13. Julie

    Rather than trek to a special place and buy welders glasses, one can also wait until it is over and watch it over and over again on YouTube.. That's where you'll get the best view of it.

    June 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  14. helenecha

    I see. When we see it with our own eyes, it does tell us about the distance between the Venus and the Earth at that moment. Meanwhile, we can know about the distance between the Sun and Earth scientifically just by seeing it with our own eyes. It’s accessible.

    June 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • Germana DeSaint

      Venus symbolizes love. But Venus will be facing us In her nighttime. Meaning, she is not going to show her love to us this time around.

      Jesus is coming soon, there is still time to repent. My goal is to get as many people prepared to open their hearts to love.

      You saw the headlines after the eclipse. Please open your hearts to love.

      June 4, 2012 at 9:02 am |
      • Julie

        I appreciate your reference to Jesus, but the goddess Venus was not of God and had nothing to do with God's love. Jesus came to save us from the evil forces that wish to destroy our souls. Venus never saved us from anything.

        June 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
      • fimeilleur

        @ Julie, neither did Jesus... nor Santa Claus.

        June 5, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  15. dud

    Why are some science lovers so intimidated by religion?

    Religious folks are not intimidated by scientific discoveries.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Clark Nova

      They're not intimidated by them, they just flatly reject them.

      June 4, 2012 at 2:46 am |
      • james


        June 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • joepub


        June 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • sean

      Who was burned for claiming the earth was round? Where and when did that happen?

      And please follow up with your justification as to why you call churchgoing human beings in the year 2012 "you" as if they are the same people who burned anybody a thousand years ago.

      Because I can't recall any Christians in the last few hundred years burning anybody or causing others harm, but I can prove that you scientific geniuses didn't believe in germs or hand washing until the turn of the 20th century and not only ridiculed but tried to destroy anybody who suggested otherwise. so how many people do you think were killed by ignorant, arrogant doctors and scientists who thought they could open up a human body and tinker with what was way beyond their intellectual pay grade at the time, einstein?

      Love that hypocrisy. looks great on you.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
      • watergirl

        An obstetrician discovered germs and started disinfecting with chlorin in the mid 1800s, GENIUS.
        Nothing worse then a born again debating science.

        June 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
      • fimeilleur

        @ Sean, Wow, you just exude ignornance. Let me refresh your memory: Hitler: Christian. ("My feeling as a Christian points me to my lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them." Hitler in a speech on April 12, 1922.) Pope Benedict: Christian. (in case you're wondering what he did wrong... how about telling millions of the poorest, least educated people in Africa that condoms don't protect against the HIV virus) Pastor Curtis Knapp Christian (preaching that hom ose xuals should be penned up in an electrified fence until they all die)... how much more damage could you ask for?

        June 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Petercha

      Good point, Dud.

      June 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Marine5484

      Ummm religious groups are intimidated that's why they try to prevent teaching of evolution and the big bang. And they build a "museum" to creation. I've never had a scientist push their beliefs on me but, religious groups...ohhh yeah.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  16. Joe In AZ

    It would be nice if the author of this story delved into the historical significance of the Venus transit, rather than make it sound like Cook'sviewing from Tahiti was simply a leisure break. Observing the transits in the mid 1700's was the first cooperative attempt by scientists in the Western world, as they were attempting to use simultaneous observations from around the globe so that they could determine Earth's distance from the sun. Captain Cook's 1769 observations weren't just him taking a break and enjoying the view from a hill in Tahiti; rather, they were part of a determined attempt to understand the word and univers around us and our place in it. His oberservations, along with others, made fixing the Earth's orbit possible. Scientists still use the Venusian transits as a means of validating that distance.

    June 3, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  17. helenecha

    I see. When we see it with our own eyes, it does tell us about the distance between the Venus and the Earth at that moment.

    June 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • helenecha

      Meanwhile, we can know about the distance between the Sun and Earth scientifically just by seeing it with our own eyes. It’s accessible.

      June 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
  18. Nissim Levy

    nerds are the reason we are no longer living in caves and worshipping the sun...have some respect.

    June 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  19. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    Somewhere in the universe an alien intellegence (in the right location) is watching this trasiting and calculating the number of extrasolar planets they can detect ... just like we do!

    June 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Nissim Levy

      and they will conclude that earth cannot support any intelligent life...and they would be correct.

      June 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • GasPredictor

      Interesting. In any extrasolar location where this transit of Venus would be observed at the same time we observe it on Earth, the observer would see a simultaneous transit of Earth across the Sun.

      Horribly complicated. Would they realize there are two planets, one moving much faster than the other, or would they think it's one enormous planet? Maybe it would look like a binary planet.

      June 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
      • GunnerGA

        They would know it is two but seeing the change in the light shift twice during the transiting period. One blocking more light than the other but at different speeds (thus letting the observer know which is the interior planet and which is further out). Of course they may also just observe the wobble of our sun as it

        June 5, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  20. GeorgeBushSr

    at this time, converging solar currents of highly charged electrons will be amplified by the magnetic field of venus into a straight line on earth, bathing us in a new frequency of electromagnetic energy that we have not felt for 200+ years, the charge will have an impact more so than ever due to earths population and the degrading biosphere and magnetosphere thanks to our abuse of wireless technologies and a misunderstanding of our how our collective emotions influence the electric currents flowing on the earths surface that you and me rely on fundamentally for our neurons within our brains to even communicate. There will be a trigger that only a few will feel at first, this trigger will gradually make its way into the subconscious of this entire planet, and every single one of us will choose whether we know it or not if the human race will continue to breed and evolve on this planet. we came in the blink of an eye and we will be gone and replaced even faster and if your first thought is to disregard this post due to a lack of reference than you have already chosen what you will do, the collective corporations of this world have done more than most of us care to aknowledge and we need not wait for the next tyrannical despot to start a revolution but the money handlers of this country and the world have already successfully subverted the greatest world powers economic and political systems which influence the collective worlds military who in turn keep the worlds populations in check.

    this isnt fantasy lightworker alien commander rapture bs, this is the world we live on, we grew up over 1000's of years at the mercy of earth and the sun, at the mercy of space and all the other planets in our solar system, to assume the massive bodies in space generating unfathomable amounts of electromagnetic energy have had nothing to do with the evolution of our self-aware bio-mechanisms we call brains than we are just simply not putting two and two together. "well research shows," "well studies have shown" there have been no studies conducted over hundreds of years to actively state "the planets have nothing to do with our daily lives". I am constantly arguing that the number of cosmic events tied to the greatest moments of importance in our race's history is in fact NO coincidence.

    nay say me NOW

    June 2, 2012 at 6:24 am |
    • GeorgeBushSr

      and then, we will all receive rings to summon captain planet.

      June 2, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • GasPredictor

      Yes, the last transit of Venus also brought about a major transformation in the nature of humanity. I remember it well, for it occurred within my lifetime. I can openly admit now that I am one of those who has been granted a lifespan to enable me to live from one transit of Venus to the next.

      The last one was in 2004.

      June 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • Ceilo

        LOL XD

        June 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • okiejoe

      Venus has no magnetic field.

      June 4, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • dreamer96

      Hmm New frequencies messing with our brains...birth time for the Zombies in mass....the Bath Salt out break is just the being...

      June 4, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  21. kapolei_dad56

    Amazing how the solar system is full of wonders and people on the site just cannot accept it for what it is. Natures way of providing us the ultimate show of enjoyment.

    June 2, 2012 at 2:13 am |
    • stickbandit

      youve got one fan of this amazing universe in the audience.:)

      June 2, 2012 at 2:27 am |
    • XO

      Who's nature? And what is Nature's way? Is nature a personal (or impersonal being)?

      June 2, 2012 at 2:31 am |
      • stickbandit

        nature is the air you breathe the food u eat the water u drink. that wonderful sunset. the birds that chirp in the trees. thats nature xo.

        June 2, 2012 at 2:45 am |
  22. jimmiehknight

    "And 6 months before the end of this baktu'n, Venus shall cross the Sun for the final time".........Mayan Calendar

    June 2, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • Julie

      The Mayan calendar is demonic...accurate, but demonic. It won't be the end, though, because the last seven years spoken of in Revelation haven't begun yet. The beginning is marked by a specific historic event.

      June 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  23. XO

    This is proof that there is a God.

    June 2, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • stickbandit

      no xo. just proves that there are other planets orbiting our star besides earth.

      June 2, 2012 at 1:26 am |
      • XO

        How'd it get there?

        June 2, 2012 at 1:31 am |
      • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

        stickbandit .. you had it correct on your first response, everything else is just pandering to XO's personal belief. Even a God(s) being made of "different stuff" than us had to come from some of that convenient different stuff & not nothing. Just admit there is no reason to believe what you believe, you just choose too believe because someone else told you to.

        June 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • stickbandit

      that is the ultimate question. i agree that there or would like to believe that there is a higher being out there but i dont know for sure. i firmly believe in a spiritual existance after we pass on and everybody calls that by different names if ya know what i mean. something couldnt have come from nothing without some type of intervention i agree.

      June 2, 2012 at 1:46 am |
      • XO

        Something from nothing is the key part. The Bible talks about (what appears to our senses to be nothing) from nothing. What we see, came from what we cannot see. The visible, came out of he invisible- which is God. Science is speculating this now. We're playing around with string theories at the moment.

        June 2, 2012 at 1:59 am |
      • fimeilleur

        @ XO, please show me where in physics they claim string theory to be a proof of god? And while you're at it, which god would it prove? Please return to the beLIEf blog anytime now.

        June 5, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • OX

      Nah, it's just proof that XO can type.

      June 2, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • daniel

      XO, it could have got there any number of ways.

      In fact, it COULD have been put there by god.

      But in no way does its mere existence PROVE the existence of god.

      You might as well say Air exists so there must be a god.

      June 2, 2012 at 2:04 am |
      • XO

        daniel: You're over simplifying my statement. Assume my remark takes this beyond the infinite regression of pushing the question off to something else.

        June 2, 2012 at 2:10 am |
      • Bible Clown©

        "Assume my remark takes this beyond the infinite regression of pushing the question off to something else."

        Sorry, but it doesn't. You said the transit of Venus proved the existence of god, and of course, it does nothing of the kind. It's like saying that my post here proves the existence of Darth Vader. Either this somehow proves the existence of god, or it doesn't, and you say it does. Since there are many explanations for the existence of a planet, have you proved god doesn't exist? Or that Darth Vader does?

        June 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • stickbandit

      im not trying to offend u xo but i find it hard to put my faith in a book that has been written by the hand of man. then re written and revised again and again by the hand of man. i could have written the bible by my own hands and put whatever i wanted in it and u wouldnt be able to tell the difference. u were taught to believe that what the bible speaks is true. just like u were taught the colors of green and blue. think about it.

      June 2, 2012 at 2:24 am |
      • XO

        stickbandit: No Offense taken. You're not supposed to put our faith in "The Book". You're suppose to put your faith in God. "The Book" even tell you this.

        June 2, 2012 at 2:27 am |
      • fimeilleur

        @ XO, God is real because the Bible says so. The Bible is true because God says so... God is real because the Bible says so. The Bible is true because God says so... God is real because the Bible says so. The Bible is true because God says so... God is real because the Bible says so. The Bible is true because God says so...

        Have a nice day.

        June 5, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • stickbandit

      i just try to keep an open mind i guess. thats all. i like to think i can see from your perspective as well. stand behind what u believe. thats what makes a person strong. me, i dont know what to believe. ive learned to trust my intuition though. ive learned that everyone has their own paths to follow.

      June 2, 2012 at 2:41 am |
      • XO

        stickbandit: We all cannot be right. My mother took hits of acid (and who knows what else). So, it was a challenge to be 'open' to her philosophies.

        June 2, 2012 at 2:46 am |
    • SPW

      The same argument of 'How did it get there' can be used on God, how did he get here?

      June 2, 2012 at 2:46 am |
      • XO

        Not really. To the materialist mind, this argument may appear to be valid. But God is not made of the stuff we are made of. We (like the material world about us) are created. We're finite, bound in time. God is not. Something uncaused is required for that which is caused.

        June 2, 2012 at 2:55 am |
      • fimeilleur

        Until you can demonstrate that there is an "immaterial world", we will continue to live in a REAL world... things that can be proven and verified. Everything else is just made up. Your god is as real as Zeus as there is just as much evidence for Zeus, as you have for your god... that is to say, none.

        June 5, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • stickbandit

      ive tried acid and a few others myself xo. doesnt mean im a bad person. doesnt mean im right or wrong in my feelings. no one is right and no one is wrong. who are we to judge?

      June 2, 2012 at 3:06 am |
      • XOO

        Why am I not surprised? Well, it's not a judging thing really. It's discernment- big difference.

        June 2, 2012 at 3:17 am |
      • XO

        The acid drove my mother 2 make attempts on my life. There was (s)exual, physical and mental abuse, that was primarily driven, and amplified by the narcotics willfully taken. So, I discerned against this stuff. As a result, I have happy thriving children. Cycle was broken.

        June 2, 2012 at 3:20 am |
    • stickbandit

      im sorry to hear that. ive never even considered doing anything such when i took drugs. depends on the person and mental capacity to know the difference between right and wrong. once again no offense.

      June 2, 2012 at 3:50 am |
      • XO

        Thanks for sympathy. Trying and leading to habitual use was her downfall. The human mind is far to complex to figure out. She was abused in different ways, so I do not know how far the hurt goes back. I cannot blame people looking for ways to numb pain. But this can be taken too far. But, some people have their mental faculty robbed from them before there's a chance to rationalize.

        June 2, 2012 at 4:03 am |
    • stickbandit

      i have to agree. its a sad but evergoing event unfortunately.

      June 2, 2012 at 4:33 am |
    • stateschool

      Religious people have a very odd notion of what "proof" means.

      June 2, 2012 at 10:35 am |
      • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

        Extremely true!

        June 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
      • XO

        Are you implying that I'm religious? I know there's a God, and I'm not religious.

        June 3, 2012 at 3:30 am |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      It offers just as much "proof" for an orbiting teapot or invisible unicorn or even an intellegent shoelace as it does a god(s).

      June 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • XO

        You're missing my point by a country mile. I am not talking about personal belief here. I'm being rhetorical. If you read into my remarks, my point is the whole notion of something from nothing. There's even clear divisions over this amongst atheists.

        June 3, 2012 at 2:58 am |
    • Hello

      read Caesar's Messiah and learn the truth about your god....

      There are no gods...

      June 4, 2012 at 12:46 am |
  24. Paul Smeinis

    Venus spelled backwards is Sunves

    June 2, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  25. lyn

    "There will be signs in heaven above and the earth beneath before that Glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ." ( ( speaking of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus )

    June 2, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • ajz


      June 2, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • stateschool

      You must missed Jesus. Apparently he showed up in some mold.

      June 2, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  26. zulux

    UN Security Console should condem such movements and draft a resolution for sanctions! We must send a strong message that we do not tolerate crossing of planets across the sun in such fashion and we'll support anti-matter activities in and around the sun to impede such needless crossing – especially in the light of the fact that this will done without proper study of environmental impact on the surface of the sun.

    June 2, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • jbkorn02

      I think the planet is inhabited and they are intentionally taking some of our sunlight. Isn't that more important than oil? Why aren't we going to war?

      June 2, 2012 at 1:49 am |
  27. Dick

    I wish CNN will force people to sign in with Facebook so punks like you can't hide behind the screen. If there was a way to track the origin of this poster I would pay millions for it

    June 2, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • Skipper

      Nice web muscles, Dick.

      June 2, 2012 at 1:22 am |
    • shawnclark976

      really? what about the growing number of people who refuse to use facebook/ decided that privacy was worth more? i did away with FB over a year ago, and the numbers just show i was ahead of the game. are you really that lonley of a person? sad sad sad.

      June 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  28. Trilobites

    It's a sign that Jesus is about to return, riding down from the clouds on a burro loaded with coffee.

    June 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • Yossarian

      Juan Valdez was just an alias?

      June 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
      • Trilobites

        Juan is a distant cousin, known for his love of locusts and agave nectar.

        June 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • AngerBot

      I laughed.

      June 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  29. Harvey Wallbanger

    Mark your calenders, there are some even rarer astronomical events coming up in the near future. On April 5,15232 there will be a solar eclipse happening at the same time Venus transits the sun. On March 29, 224508 Venus and Mercury will transit the Sun simultaneously.

    I intend to take pictures of both events and place them on the web for everyone to enjoy

    June 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • chubzilla

      Thank you, I just set my alarm

      June 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
  30. Navin Johnson

    I'm sure there is some crazy cult somewhere that believes this transit will mean the end of life on the Earth. How many times do I need to say my farewells?

    June 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  31. Tannerthanur

    If I can take my eyes off of the corn growing, I might look up. How exciting!

    June 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  32. GEdwards

    "The next time Venus journeys across the sun will be in the year 2117"
    Sorry, but that's completely wrong. What kind of scientist would say such a thing??

    This will be the last time, since the world ends on Dec 21st.

    June 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • S1N

      Well, if you want to be technical about it, it goes around the Sun every year. We just get to see it this time. By the way, you are forgetting one important thing. The Mayans didn't predict the end of the world. They predicted the Zombie Apocalypse. We'll all still be here, but we'll be too busy eating each others' brains to care.

      June 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • Marlou Ordelt

      Do you believe the Mayan calendars?

      June 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
      • Bert in UT

        Yes, it's a great calendar, but they ran out of rock at 2012.

        June 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Yossarian

      Only 202 shopping days left until the end of the world!

      June 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  33. Nothing new

    As a believer in reincarnation, I have seen this transit numerous times. So I will likely sit this one out. Maybe watch the one in 2117.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Countess Venusia

      As a resident of Venus, I'll be watching the very tiny path of the eclipse across the Earth's surface.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • S1N

      As someone who believes in science, I'll just say "meh", not look up, and be dead for the next one.

      June 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  34. svann

    The world will end when there is a solar eclipse coincident with a full moon.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  35. Andre

    The best way to safely watch this is to point binoculars at the sun (don't look), and aim the other end at a white surface like a wall. The binoculars will project the image onto the wall, and you will be able to clearly see it.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Kansas

      The best way to see this is on TV...DUH! Just think of it as a baseball/boxing/ soccer game everything looks better on TV.

      June 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • S1N

      Yep. Just make sure you know the approximate focal length of those binoculars and you're good to go!

      June 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  36. midogs2

    Better find my weldors lense and polish it up. This is going to be way cool.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  37. readyeller

    Peanuts are for dollars.

    June 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • svann

      Dollah fo a Wallah?

      June 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • readyeller

      Peanuts are for dollars

      June 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  38. TD

    I'm 46, and I'm sorry, but those jokes never get old. Makes me laugh even harder at the people who don't think they're funny anymore. And then there were the three planets that walked into a bar....that's funny, don!

    June 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  39. Leslie

    Will this cause global cooling?

    June 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • krock


      June 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • veggiedude

      Stop eating meat would do that, not this.

      June 2, 2012 at 2:08 am |
  40. tommybat

    "Medical" advances? That must be a typo.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • tommybat in to extend the human life span. Sorry.

      June 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  41. MikeyZ

    There's a little black spot on the sun today...

    June 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Michael

      Its the same old thing as yesterdaaay...

      June 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
      • SaraN


        June 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
      • watergirl

        Great, now that song is going to be stuck in my head.

        June 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  42. don

    Have you heard the one that starts out "Three planets walk into a bathroom......"

    June 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  43. GaryO

    Don't be silly DC2003. The sun is not a planet. It is a big yellow eyeball in the sky that the government uses to watch us all. Wonder why it hurts so bad when you stare at it directly? Ever have to may a lot to the IRS? Hurts just as much, if not more, doesn't it?
    ... and yes, I would eat the moon if it were made of ribs... but it better be good ribs, or it just isn't worth stuffing yourself, eating the moon in one sitting. Of course, you could share the moon and have a BBQ. Invite the friends and family to come and help you eat the moon. Yes. That's what I'll do. Want to come?

    June 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  44. BoredSecurityGarud

    Dun Dun DUN *Cymbal*

    June 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  45. photo question

    If this hasnt occurred yet, where did the pic come from?

    June 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • GasPredictor

      Probably from the 2004 event. Transits are rare, but this one is not unique.

      June 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Luca

      Probably mercury

      June 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  46. old school

    You can also use the media from inside an old 5 1/4" diskette as a great filter for looking at the Sun. I used this on the 1993 Lunar eclipse as well as the 2012 one.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • GasPredictor

      You don't need a filter to observer a lunar eclipse.

      June 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
      • GasPredictor

        Don't need a filterer to observer.

        June 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • james

      Who has a 5 1/4" diskette? haha.... I might have some in the box with my old 8-tracks!

      June 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  47. Big Al

    My boss' kid came into the office this morning and told us he had a weekend assignment. He had to write a poem about the transit of Venus. He comes up to me and asks "Big Al, what rhymes with "Venus?" (No one said life was easy, eh?)

    June 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  48. Whome

    What if it falls into the sun, will NASA be able to get it out?

    June 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • gs

      Yes, but that can be done only in the night.. in the morning it gets very hot..

      June 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • veggiedude

      Nope, but maybe a few entrepreneurs with their own space vehicles might.

      June 2, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  49. Spaceman Spiff

    "If you want to look at the transit before sunset, you need a special pair of glasses, a telescope with a special filter or a pinhole camera so you do not damage your eyes."

    Of course, if you want to watch the transit after sunset, you'll need x-ray vision.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • mcewenpe

      I was going to make a joke about this, but yours is far better.

      June 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
      • Ryan in Texas

        I second that.

        June 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
      • LCB

        Is there such a thing as "I third that?" if so – I do! ROFL

        June 2, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Nominal


      June 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Billy

    Is it safe to watch the led screen of a camera?

    June 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Paul

      It's not likely you'll be able to differentiate anything. It will probably be overwhelmed with whitewash, which would hurt your camera more than your eyes. I doubt it will hurt the light sensors, but I can't say it won't.

      June 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • USA401


      June 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  51. livingston1

    Not everything in this world has to have scientific value. Some things are just wonderful and fun because they are wonderful and fun.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Brian Smith


      June 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  52. Huh?

    I don't get it...I have been staring at the Sun for an hour now and I can't see anything...

    June 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Huh2

      Maybe you should try again at next Tues. "The transit will take about seven hours and begin at 6:09 p.m. EDT.


      June 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
      • HAHAHA

        Here's your sign

        June 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Daniel

      did you see the time? it starts at 6 pm.

      June 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
      • HAHAHA

        Maybe you will have gotten the joke by then...

        June 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Stuart

      Some people just don't know a joke when they see one.

      June 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Silly

      He's joking. If anyone stares at the sun for an hour, they won't be able to see at all. Funny.

      June 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Hot Carl

      See you next Tuesday!

      June 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • Ron

        Not if I see you first...

        June 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  53. MarcNJ

    The Great Elder Ones are rising! All hail Cthulhu!

    June 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Rex

      Oderous Ungerous has spoken

      June 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Squidward

      All hail the magic CONCH!!! WOLOLWOWLWOWLOWLWOWLWOWL!!!!!

      June 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
      • alex

        I see what yo did there.............

        June 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Cthulhu ftaghn! Why settle for a lesser evil?

      June 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Copping squid . . . .

      June 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  54. Johnny 5

    Damn I love science! The pics are getting better and better.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  55. ToldUso

    Is this connected to the sudden rash of flesh-eating zombie stories?

    June 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • GasPredictor

      It is now.

      June 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
      • windrider2


        June 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
      • LCB

        DITTO , , ,!!!!!!

        June 2, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • don

      That explains why the "Venus de Milo' is missing her arms.

      June 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • GasPredictor


        June 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  56. KAS

    Those in the West Michigan area are invited to safely observe the Transit of Venus at Warren Dunes State Park. Please see the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society website for details:

    June 1, 2012 at 11:44 am |


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