On June 5, 2012, observe a rare transit of Venus, just like the 1769 transit observed by Captain Cook! This is a great opportunity to partner with a local organization, such as an astronomical society. Observers in North America will see the transit through sunset, so if you plan an event, select a location with a clear view of the western horizon.
Visit http://www.transitofvenus.org/ to learn how to -- safely -- watch this event.
Find activities and resources through NASA's Year of the Solar System, which centers around "Discovering New Worlds" for the month of June. Learn more about how distant worlds are being discovered through the Kepler and other missions. Find related background information and activities designed for use by organizations and clubs as well as classroom teachers at http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/yss/display ... 12&Month=6.
View videos related to this topic at http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/multim ... ansit1.php, including
Hawaii and the Cosmos
The Transit of Venus -- Part One