There used to be 9 planets and more than 170 moons in our solar system.
The 9 planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
But in August 2006, the International Astronomical Union decided to re-classify Pluto as a “dwarf planet”, and not in the same category as the 8 planets.
So now there are 8 planets in the solar system.
Each planet goes around the Sun on its own path called orbit.
Anyway we cannot see the paths because they are invisible.
Earth takes about 365 days to orbit the Sun.
This is called one Earth year.
And each moons moves around its planet in its own orbit.
The size of the planet from the smallest to the biggest:
On April 12, 1961, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first person who went to space.
People travel to space in a spacecraft or spaceship.
This is a very special Transit Of Venus video from NASA.
The video was captured from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory or SDO.
According to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, SDO is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun, and it provides images with a resolution eight times better than high-definition television.
To view pictures of the Transit of Venus, please click:
Now in Malaysian sky, the Venus is still transiting through the face of the Sun.
Unfortunately, I can’t see the transit because I do not have any solar filter to protect my eyes from the Sun.
But, I can watch and see the event from videos and pictures and on the internet.
I am still waiting for photos of the Venus Transit through the Malaysian sky from the National Space Agency.
Please click below for:
Below are photos of the Transit of Venus from other parts of the world.
The Transit of Venus will occurs tomorrow.
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Venus Transit happens when Earth, Venus and Sun are align together.
During the transit, Venus can be seen from the Earth as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun.
It is a very rare event to be able to see Venus passing across the face of the sun.
Venus Transits currently recur at intervals of 8, 105.5, 8 and 121.5 years.
In Malaysia we can see the transit begins with contact I at 06:09:29 am, reach the maximum phase at 09:29:28 am and finally the transit ends at contact IV at 12:49:57 pm.
The transit will can be seen from the West to the East.
Most of North America sees the beginning of the transit in the afternoon and evening on June 5, whereas much of Eurasia sees the end of the transit in the morning on June 6, 2012.
WARNING: Viewing the Sun without safety filters can cause a permanent eye damage or blindness!
|TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE PROGRAM – 16 JUNE 20
There will be a total lunar(moon) eclipse in Malaysia on June 16, 2011.
The eclipse will start at 1:25 a.m. until 7:01 a.m.
On the 16th of June 2011, we will be able to observe a total lunar eclipse starting from 1:25 a.m. to 7:01 a.m. In conjunction with Total Lunar Eclipse, National Space Agency (ANGKASA) and National Mosque will be organizing a Total Lunar Eclipse Observation Program at the Main Entrance of National Mosque (nearby the expo site) on 16 June 2011 from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Public are invited to observe the phenomena through a few of telescopes that will be setup during the event. You also can bring your own telescope in this program.
The first 1000 visitors attending the program will be given a tin of Eclipse Mints, contribution by The Wrigley Company (M) Sdn. Bhd.
The tentative program is shown below:
1:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. Total Lunar Eclipse Observation
Jupiter, Mars and Venus Observation