Transit of Venus Public Lecture Series
The transit of Venus is a rare astronomical event that occurs when the planet Venus passes directly between the Earth and the Sun. Since the phenomena was first recognised there have been only six transits – 1639, 1761, 1769,1874, 1882 and 2004.
On Wednesday 6 June 2012 the transit of Venus will be visible from North Queensland. This is our last opportunity to view the transit as it will not occur again until 11 December 2117.
JCU is presenting a series of free, public lectures to commemorate this once in a lifetime opportunity, and in recognition of the historical significance of the transit to our namesake Captain James Cook and his voyage to the southern Pacific Ocean in 1769.