What if it's cloudy?
If your observing site's weather may be marginal, consider traveling to the TROVE celebration near the Michigan-Indiana border. Multiple attractions will insure a memorable 2012 Transit of Venus experience. Immerse yourself in art exhibits, historical displays, planetarium programs, webcasts, public lectures, and even a Transit of Venus specialty beer! At the fourth contact we will seal a Transit of Venus Time Keg, to be opened when the next transit of Venus pair approaches in 2117 and 2125.If it's cloudy, you can still experience the transit of Venus in real time. Complement your transit of Venus experience with views and commentary that are broadcast from around the world, including a live webcast from NASA EDGE or from SLOOH. For more featured destinations, see Where to Be, or find a Sun-Earth Day Event Location through the interactive NASA map.
article notes, "Mr. Severn's very complete and skilful arrangements were unfortunately defeated by cloudy weather occurring at the time of the transit. Our readers will probably find it easier to sympathise with his disappointment than to realise his feelings on seeing the labour and preparation of years thus rendered useless by circumstances far beyond his own control. Well might he exclaim, 'L'homme propose--Dieu dispose.'"
You can still get value out of the transit of Venus experience even if clouds disappoint,
Links: Where to Be
Excellent site automatically calculates your local circumstances (time of sunrise, time of sunset, times of all four contacts, altitude of the sun, etc.), based on your Internet connection. You can easily modify your location with a provided Google map. From Steven van Roode.
World map of ingress times (contacts 1 & 2).
World map of egress times (contacts 3 & 4).
Interactive map shows NASA Sun-Earth Day Event Locations, keeping you up to date on what's happening in your neighborhood. Upload your own events here, too.
TROVE: Celebrating the Riches of the TRansit Of VEnus. The Michiana area near the Michigan-Indiana, USA, border is a hub of activity related to the transit of Venus. Join us to celebrate the math, science, and art of this celestial phenomenon.
Take an exclusive tour of transit of Venus highlights in Indiana, with lectures, art exhibits, historical artifacts on display, webcasts, telescopic sungazing, and a post-transit celebration with Venusian ale at a Michigan microbrewery.
"The global visibility of the 2012 transit is illustrated with the world map... The entire transit (all four contacts) is visible from northwestern North America, Hawaii, the western Pacific, northern Asia, Japan, Korea, eastern China, Philippines, eastern Australia, and New Zealand. The Sun sets while the transit is still in progress from most of North America, the Caribbean, and northwest South America. Similarly, the transit is already in progress at sunrise for observers in central Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and eastern Africa. No portion of the transit will be visible from Portugal or southern Spain, western Africa, and the southeastern 2/3 of South America." Courtesy of Fred Espenak.
Contact times (Universal Time) and corresponding altitudes of the Sun for 121 international cities. From Fred Espenak.
Contact times (Universal Time) and corresponding altitudes of the Sun for 60 cities in the USA. To convert to Daylight Saving Time, subtract 4 hours if you are in Eastern Time Zone; subtract 5 hours in Central Time Zone; subtract 6 hours in Mountain Time Zone; subtract 7 hours in Pacific Time Zone. From Fred Espenak.
Global map by Michael Zeiler depicts the zones of visibility for the 2012 transit of Venus.
Maps with text in dozens of other languages are also available at http://eclipse-maps.com/Eclipse-Maps/ToV_maps.html, courtesy of Michael Zeiler.
World map of visibility; General description, geocentric data, and list of ingress/egress times for major world cities (PDF). From US Naval Observatory.
Local circumstances of the 2012 transit of Venus for observers in the United Kingdom. From HM Nautical Almanac Office.
Tolaga Bay – Uawa will host international celebrations for the Transit of Venus in June 2012.
Sydney Observatory will have special programs available on 6 June 2012.