Tuesday, June 5
For the second and final time this century, Venus passes in front of the Sun from our perspective. Residents of North America will see the transit this afternoon, but the calendar will read June 6 for those in the Eastern Hemisphere. Venus appears just 3 percent as large as the Sun and will look like a black dot as it traverses the Sun’s face. Be sure to look through a safe solar filter to protect your eyes — the Sun’s rays can damage your retinas quickly and painlessly. For details on the event, see “How to view June’s rare Venus transit” in the June issue and check out “Don’t miss June’s rare transit of Venus” on Astronomy.com.