2012 Transit of Venus

June 5-6, 2012


Venus Twilight Experiment Coronagraph on Haleakala

Dunn Solar Telescope and IBIS, Sacramento Peak Observatory


Clay Center Observatory/Williams College Expedition Images

SDO Images




Selected Photos from the Haleakala Site

The Williams College Transit of Venus expedition team at Haleakala included Jay Pasachoff, Glenn Schneider, Bryce Babcock, Muzhou Lu ’13, Ron Dantowitz, Aram Friedman, Rob Lucas, Eric Pilger ’82, Naomi Pasachoff, Helen Robinson, Claudia Pilger, Raisha Friedman, and Helen Robinson. We were represented at Sacramento Peak by Kevin Reardon ’92. We were assisted with data processing in Williamstown by Eric Edelman ’13.

The Williams College Transit of Venus Expeditions of 2004 and 2012 were supported by grants from the Committee for Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society.


Keck Observatory Post-Transit Lecture by Jay Pasachoff
National Geographic – Transit of Venus Time Lapse

Post-Transit Links

Invited Public Evening Lecture at the AAS Meeting in Anchorage on June 11
Podcast on 365daysofastronomy.org (June 29th)
Glass Art About the Transit

General Links

History of the Transit of Venus
Print, Web, and Podcast ToV Public Outreach
NASA site from Fred Espenak
Transit of Venus maps from eclipses-maps.com
ToV 2012 map from eclipse-maps.com
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s Observer’s Handbook Discussion
Links from the American Astronomical Society’s Historical Astronomy Division
Victor Davies’s/Maureen Hunter’s “Transit of Venus” opera and play
Wikipedia entry
U.S. Naval Observatory site
Interview with Jay Pasachoff on a National Geographic blog
Chuck Bueter’s transitofvenus.org site
Steven van Roode’s transitofvenus 2012 site
Steven van Roode’s transit expedition history site
European Southern Observatory site
2004-2012 French national site (IMCCE, Observatoire de Paris, ESO)

Pre-Transit Links

Animated cartoon about Le Gentil’s expedition
article in the children’s magazine Odyssey
discussion in the National Geographic Society’s BreakingOrbit blog (March 1, 2011)
Giving a year’s notice at “June 5: Transit of Venus”
For scientists at the 2011 Nantes AAS Division of the Planetary Sciences meeting, “Transits of Venus in Public Education and Contemporary Research,” online video
JMP’s summary of E/PO at AAS Historical Astronomy Division News, #79, October
JMP Comment in Nature: “Transit of Venus: Last Chance to See,” Nature 485, 303-304
JMP article, “Transit of Venus: Last Chance to See From Earth until 2117,” Physics World, 25, 36-41, May
JMP article, “Crossing the Sun: The Last Transit of Venus until 2117,” Scientific American, online
JMP academic minute, “Transit of Venus”
On transit day, JMP Op-Ed piece in The New York Times, “Learning from Celestial Beauty”
In October 2012, JMP Sky and Telescope article on the transit