Did you miss the Transit of Venus? Or maybe, like my kids, didn’t want to stop what you were doing to watch, despite my yelling to come witness this rare eclipse? The good news is that it was captured on video and condensed in many places, which means over the course of minutes, it’s possible to watch Venus move across the sun. It was pretty amazing, and especially awe inspiring when noted how rare this occurs – the next time this will happen is December 2117.
Gather the kids, watch the videos through the Exploratorium’s fabulous site, and check out NASA’s full explanation of what’s occurring, including what this meant about the Earth’s orbit, and why we don’t always see an eclipse when the moon or Venus move around the sun. It’s a fun lesson in science and the solar system that appeals to all ages.