Video, podcasts, phone apps, virtual reality sites, animations, and other media feature the celestial interaction of the sun, earth, and Venus.

Links: Video & New Media

Logo for Facebook Group
Transit of Venus Group features dialogue and links on Facebook.

YouTube features transit of Venus videos
VenusTransit on YouTube lists videos related to the transit of Venus.  Featured video is a four-minute trailer, below, available as full-dome video for digital theaters and planetariums.
Transit of Venus Project Blog, from Steven van Roode.

Twitter: Transit of Venus
@tov2012 is the Twitter account that steers you to transit-related content; maintained by Steven van Roode

Collection of NASA videos related to Transit of Venus
Transit of Venus multmedia from NASA Sun-Earth Day.
our last Transit of Venus, multiple videos from Outreach Europlanet.
Videos from all talks at Transit of Venus 2012 Symposium at University of Toronto, 28 April 2012.
NASA Sun-Earth Day collection of transit of Venus videos.

Kepler Mission animations include field of view
Kepler mission provides excellent animations of Science Concepts, Artist Concepts, and Types of Worlds. 

Logo for NASA Year of the Solar System
NASA Year of the Solar System Educational Resources offer data, downloadable products, images, video, podcasts, animations, interactives, and networks.

Pointing location of Hubble test, looking at moon for transit of Venus test.
Our Last Transit of Venus is a documentary highlighting three groups: "scientists who will observe the Transit to study Venus and exoplanets, amateurs and students who will redo the experiment of determining the size of the Solar System and profession and/or amateur historians with the tramadol cheap that delivers to arkansas intention to observe the Transit with 18th and 19th century instruments."

Transit of Venus historical recap on Prezi.com
Non-linear images and text introduce the chronology of Transit of Venus events; limited text in this version, so you can narrate while presenting and where to buy viagra in scotland move around or skip sections at will. Best viewed in full screen; see Prezi website for tips if you are projecting this presentation.  Transit of Venus is my inaugural effort on online cialis cheap Prezi.
Transit of Venus Image Blast is a compilation of many images that are almost all my own copyright or public domain, such as NASA content.  Requires a while to download fully.  Images may be used freely for educational purposes.

NASA animation of Transit of Venus, zooming out from surface of Venus
NASA animation zooms out from the fast cialis surface of Venus to beyond earth's orbit, showing a transit of Venus.

NASA animation of Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) aligned for 2012 Transit of Venus
NASA SDO animation shows the Solar Dynamics Observatory aligned to witness the 2012 transit of Venus.  A higher-res version is available for free download from VenusTransit_2012158.wmv

Sailing ship fires cannon; from UNESCO-17 video
UNESCO -17- Science and Illustration: The Transit of Venus is a high-quality production that chronicles the challenging 18th century expeditions of usefull link 50mg viagra retail price Chappe, Hell, Cook and others.  Video conveys the confluence of factors in the Age of Enlightenment that propelled the global quest to determine the size of the solar system; 46 minutes.

"Celestial Alignment of 2012" is featured on the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast for December 5, 2009; by Chuck Bueter. 

Astronomer Jay Pasachoff reflects on past transits of Venus while anticipating the 2012 event and the science to be gleaned from it.
Transit of Venus blog by Nat Waddell

TRACE satellite image in visible light
TRACE spacecraft is the only satellite to observe the 2004 transit of Venus in visible.  Among this collection of videos is one showing the "black drop" effect.  TRACE scientists describe this as the the best place buy viagra online viagra "consequence of the telescope point-spread function and, more interestingly, the light-scattering properties of the atmosphere of generic cialis soft tabs Venus."

GOES spacecraft images 2004 transit of Venus
In images from the GOES spacecraft's Solar X-Ray Imager (SXI), Venus appears as a dark disk about 1/30th the Sun’s apparent diameter. Since the Sun’s corona extends well above the disk, Venus was visible in silhouette for approximately 9 hours, versus the 6 hours seen from Earth. Video  SXI_SPECIAL_20040608_VENUS_09H.MPG (1.9 MB MPEG-1, 7 sec.) from NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center.
Launchpad: Transits by invites you to "discover how scientists used the last Venus transit and a geometric technique called parallax to verify the distance between sun and Earth. Find out what scientists hope to learn the generic levitra from canada next time Venus makes a shadow on the face of the sun."  From NASA eClips.

Penn High School Orchestra performs Sousa's Transit of Venus March
Penn High School Orchestra performs John Philip Sousa's Transit of Venus March in 2004.

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Free app for iPhone and iTouch gives daily updates on solar activity with images and text courtesy of Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO).  Available for free download at the iTunes App Store at
NASA Connect segment that explains the Venus Transit and compares it to a solar eclipse.
User- adjustable Applets about the transit of Venus; by Jürgen Giesen; (available in English and German)..

Jules Janssen uses Jules Janssen uses "photographic revolver" to capture series of images for 1874 transit of Venus.  German text at  Note: Though Janssen did use his device for the 1874 event, this extant series of images may have been from a simulated transit as part of a test by Janssen.

The design of Janssen's "photographic revolver" is illustrated and described; from NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS).  There are two articles, one after the other, as noted by Peter Abrahams:
  • De la Rue, Warren.  On a Piece of Apparatus for carrying out M. Janssen's Method of Time-Photographic Observations of the Transit of Venus. M.N.R.A.S. 34 (May 1874) 347-353.  
  • Capello, J. On an Apparatus Designed for the Photographic Record of the Transit of Venus.  M.N.R.A.S. 34 (May 1874) 354-356  (translation of letter to De la Rue.

Images and videos from Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope
Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope on La Palma; images and movies include black drop effect and the "elusive aureole outlining the disk of Venus. It is caused by sunlight being refracted towards us in the atmosphere of the planet."

Video of 1882 Transit of Venus re-animated from David Peck Todd's glass negatives; by Anthony Misch and William Sheehan.

TRACE spacecraft images and video showing Venus outside Sun's limbTRACE spacecraft images and video
From the perspective of the TRACE spacecraft, including movies with time codes.
Explaining the Transit of Venus on a children's television show called 'Totally Wild', with emphasis on James Cook's effort.

Photometer aimed at orrery simulates Kepler mission.
Planetarium director Ruth Craft uses a photometer and orrery to simulate the Kepler spacecraft monitoring a star with transiting planets.  In the demonstration, computer software generates a light curve that is projected on the domed ceiling, where visitors can discern the presence and characteristics of companion planets.  See How the Kepler Telescope Works (Segment #3 of Episode #1003); from WNIT Outdoor Elements.

Two chords show path of Venus across sun for two separated observers due to parallax.
Using Parallax Angle of Venus to Measure Distance to pfizer cialis uk Sun. Video shows how two observers at different locations on earth see two distinct chords across the sun.  The angular distance divided by two is the parallax angle of Venus, which can mathematically yield the distance from earth to the sun. 

Fingers pinched together simulate black drop effect.
Black Drop Effect Simulated With Pinched Fingers.  Simulate the black drop effect that is sometimes seen during a transit of Venus by nearly pinching your fingers together.  Note the ligament that seems to form just between them just before they seem to touch.

Crowd Gathers to Witness 2004 Transit of Venus
A crowd gathered before sunrise on June 8, 2004, to witness the rare Transit of Venus in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA. Though clouds threatened to obscure the spectacle, the sun emerged in time for the audience to observe through telescopes, rear projection screens, and solar viewers. An audible time signal in the background allowed individuals to time the instant when the black dot of Venus just touched the inside edge of the sun, as global expeditions had done in past centuries. The last transit of Venus in our lifetimes occurs June 5-6, 2012.  

South Africa map with observation sites for previous transits of Venus.
IAU Talk: Transit of Venus Observations and Relics in South Africa.  Willie Koorts talk at the 2006 IAU meeting in Prague, present via video in absentia, covers the full Transit of Venus history in South Africa from 1761 thru 2004.
Video: Discover how scientists used the last Venus transit and a geometric technique called parallax to verify the distance between sun and Earth. Find out what scientists hope to learn the next time Venus makes a shadow on the face of the sun. Launchpad: Transits courtesy of NASA eClips.
Video: Transit of Venus: Passing the the best place generic viagra online pharmacy Sun, a 2004 lecture by Jay Pasachoff, gives historical background of cialis by mail transit of Venus and details how limb darkening and the telescope's point spread function contribute to usefull link viagra online buy the black drop effect.
Video: English Bites-Transit of Venus gives historical background of the transit of Venus with emphasis on James Cook's expedition, then breaks down the reporter's word choice in a lesson in English vocabulary; from the Learn English website of the Australia Network.

Stargazers Dean Regas and James Albury give a transit of Venus tour
Venus in Transit, 5-minute version from StarGazers for April 9-15, 2012; from PBS station WPBT.  Script(s) at

Podcast interview with Mark Anderson, author of The Day the World Discovered the Sun, explains the the value of the transit of Venus expeditions for navigational gain.

Phone App

Nitzschke image of boats and transit of setting sunUPDATE (March 2012):   The Transit of Venus phone app is now available for free download:

In centuries past, explorers traveled around the globe to time a transit of Venus to determine the size of the solar system. We invite you to inspire international collaboration during the 2012 transit of Venus by enabling a digital re-creation of those global expeditions.  A web-based phone application would allow citizens around the world to witness this rare phenomenon and to contribute their observation to a collective experiment. This will literally be the last such opportunity in your lifetime.  

Screenshots of sample ToV phone appTo appeal to a large audience and to have extended utility, the phone app would serve users before, during, and after the transit.  Prior to the transit, participants could practice timing the buy viagra generico contacts using personas and local circumstances of past explorers.  Additionally, users could see predicted times of contact for their respective locations.

During the transit, the phone app would connect to order cialis online canada a live webcast of we recommend cheapest prices for levitra the transit of Venus.  Registered users could depress a phone button at the moment of internal contact (when Venus appears within the sun, just touching the sun's edge), and the app would record the exact time and user's location, which would be sent to the global database.

After the transit, users can access their data on a map, edit their entry, and upload descriptions, text, images, or movies.  Other users can comment on entries.

Please join this effort spearheaded by the non-profit Astronomers Without Borders. 

UPDATE (March, 2012):   The Transit of Venus phone app is now available for free download:

IOS version

Android version


Video: The Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus Stained Glass Window CollageThe Transit of Venus is a 4-minute video in high-resolution soon to be a free download in full-dome video for digital theaters. The mini-show summarizes the online ordering viagra history and significance of the transit of Venus while preparing viewers for the June 5-6, 2012, spectacle.  The story segues from Jeremiah Horrocks' first sighting, to expeditions seeking to measure the size of the solar system, to the Kepler spacecraft detecting planets as they transit distant stars.

With animation and herbal alternative to levitra video effects by Patrick McPike, Multimedia Artist and Technical Director at the Adler Planetarium, the dome master is readily compatible with full-dome digital theaters.  The original song Morning Star by the band Transit of Venus from New Zealand is also available for free download.  Narrated by Douglas Osthimer.  Written and directed by Chuck Bueter.

Simulation of Kepler Detecting Planets

Illustration of Kepler spacecraft detecting exoplanetPlanetary transits are not only historically significant, they are a key tool for future exploration.  The NASA Kepler mission is looking at more than 100,000 distant stars for periodic dips in brightness that would reveal the presence of habitable planets encircling their parent stars.  Planetarium director Ruth Craft demonstrates how the spacecraft senses the dimming, generates a light curve, and guides astronomers toward candidate star systems.  The Kepler team provides excellent online resources for educators at  See Transit Tracks, for example, a detailed investigation that parallels this video produced by WNIT public television's Outdoor Elements, with host Evie Kirkwood. 

From WNIT Outdoor Elements, Episode #1003, Segment #3

Read more: Simulation of Kepler Detecting Planets


Podcast: Celestial Alignment of 2012

"Celestial Alignment of 2012" is featured on the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast for December 5, 2009; by Chuck Bueter.