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6-2-Venus (Shukra)-Transit
[From NASA]

On June 5th, 2012, Venus will pass across the face of the Sun, producing a silhouette that no one alive today will likely to see again. Transits of Venus are very rare, coming in pairs separated by more than a hundred years. This June's transit, the bookend of a 2004-2012 pair, won't be repeated until the year 2117 - December 2117. Fortunately, the event is widely visible. Observers on seven continents, even a sliver of Antarctica, will be in position to see it.

The nearly 7-hour transit begins at 3:09 pm Pacific Daylight Time (22:09 UT) on June 5th. The timing favors observers in the mid-Pacific where the Sun is high overhead during the crossing. In the USA, the transit will at its best around sunset. That's good, too. Creative photographers will have a field day imaging the swollen red Sun "punctured" by the circular disk of Venus.

This year’s transit is the second of an 8-year pair. Anticipation was high on June 8, 2004 as Venus approached the Sun. Because no one alive at that time had seen a Transit of Venus with his own eyes, and the hand-drawn sketches and grainy photos of previous centuries scarcely prepared them for what was about to happen.

Observing Tip
Do not stare at the Sun. Venus covers too little of the solar disk to block the blinding glare. Instead, use some type of projection technique or a solar filter. A #14 welder's glass is a good choice. Many astronomy clubs will have solar telescopes set up to observe the event; contact your local club for details.

Venus is in retrogression and is in between Earth and the Sun. As such Sun is not obstructing the rays of Venus and it is being a benefic planet in its own sign, it will be beneficial to the Signification of Venus. Good results will come but with some delay. In this configuration it may not be appropriate to call it combust. (When Sun is in between Earth and Venus, then Venus is in real sense in combustion. At that time is far from earth and its motion is fast. Thus it is not able to control its signification effectively). But Venus is now very near to Earth , Sun is not blocking its rays, thus it creates strong effect but delayed action. This is also recognized by our ancient sages. If you study 'Aayurdaya' chapter in any classic, Dashaa period will be increased by three times, and there will be no reduction in case Mercury and Venus are retrograde. As a matter of fact Mercury and Venus should not be called as combust when in retrogression.

This Phenomenon also occurred in 2004, the female gender will gain more strength as well as governments will be able to control financial mess but slowly.



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