Transit of Venus, Sun-Earth Day 2012

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Goddard Space Flight Center

Transit of Venus, Sun-Earth Day 2012

Get Involved With Sun-Earth Day!

This year's Sun-Earth Day Program is providing a special emphasis on the Transit of Venus. On June 5, 2012 at sunset on the East Coast of North America and earlier for other parts of the U.S., the planet Venus will make its final trek across the face of the sun as seen from Earth until the year 2117. The last time this event occurred was on June 8, 2004 when it was watched by millions of people across the world. Get prepared for this once in a lifetime event!

Educators

Educators

This collection of lesson plans and 'easy to do' activities are just the hook you need to bring the science of Space Weather to your students. Here you can do everything from building an edible model of the sun to learning how to make a real space weather broadcast!

Public Outreach

Public Outreach

This section has been specifically designed for you, the museums, planetaria, parks, youth clubs, and educators from community organizations around the globe! Here you will find program ideas and a growing list of 'Make and Take' activities designed just for you!

Scientists

Scientists

Scientific discoveries have a tremendous impact on the world as we know it. As a scientist you have the opportunity to have an even greater impact on the world of education! This section is designed just for you. Here you will find resources to help you Get Connected, Get Involved and Develop Your Program.

Amateur Astronomers

Amateur Astronomers

Join us in this year's 'AA Challenge' by holding your own sun/star party and giving a public talk. When you're finished, send us at least one picture of your event(s) to post on the Sun Earth Day web site! All of the requirements and instruction are right here!

NASA Fact

Earth's magnetic poles reverse their geographic locations every 300,000 years. The last event happened 780,000 years ago.