Photos: Rare Celestial Dance Of Jupiter, Venus And Mercury

This conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury was shot in Las Vegas with the Stratosphere in the foreground. (Photo by lybrand/ Credit to Yahoo News).
This conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury was shot in Las Vegas with the Stratosphere in the foreground. (Photo by lybrand/ Credit to Yahoo News).

At the end of May 2013,  Jupiter, Venus and Mercury form a celestial triangle in the night sky.

The three planets shine together in a triangle formation low in the western sky in a planetary meet-up known as a conjunction.

We can even see them with naked eyes if the sky is clear and the place is not too bright.

This cosmic show is so special spectacular because it includes the three brightest planets visible in the May night sky.

Venus is the brightest of the trio, with Jupiter a close second and Mercury coming in third.

Flickr photographers snapped awesome photos of this very rare and special event.

Please click the photos for larger images:

Our Solar System

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:

  1. Mercury

  2. Mars

  3. Venus

  4. Earth

  5. Neptune

  6. Uranus

  7. Saturn

  8. Jupiter

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first person who went to space.

People travel to space in a spacecraft or spaceship.

NASA’s Special And Rare Video Of The Transit Of Venus (June 5, 2012)

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:

  1. Photos – Transit Of Venus June 5, 2012

  2. ANGKASA’s Photos: Transit Of Venus (Malaysia) June 6, 2012

  3. The Transit Of Venus June 6, 2012

Photos – Transit Of Venus June 5, 2012

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: 

  1. ANGKASA’s Photos: Transit Of Venus (Malaysia) June 6, 2012.

  2. NASA’s Special And Rare Video Of The Transit Of Venus (June 5, 2012)

Below are photos of the Transit of Venus from other parts of the world.

Please click here to learn more about the Transit of Venus:

The planet Venus can be seen on its transit of the Sun, from New Delhi June 6, 2012. Venus last made a visible pass in front of the sun in 2004 but will not make another visible transit until 2117. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Handout image courtesy of NASA shows the planet Venus transiting the Sun, June 5, 2012. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Tuesday and Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth, a transit that won’t occur again until 2117. REUTERS/NASA/AIA/Solar Dynamics Observatory/Handout
This view from the Slooh Space Camera shows the amazing start of the 2012 transit of Venus across the sun (upper left) as it begins to cross the solar disk on June 5, 2012.
Handout image courtesy of NASA shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun, June 5, 2012. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Tuesday and Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth, a transit that won’t occur again until 2117. REUTERS/NASA/AIA/Solar Dynamics Observatory/Handout
Handout image courtesy of NASA shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun, June 5, 2012. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Tuesday and Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth, a transit that won’t occur again until 2117. REUTERS/NASA/AIA/Solar Dynamics Observatory/Handout
The photo shows the planet Venus transiting the Sun, June 5, 2012.
The planet Venus starts its transit across the sun as seen from Newcastle, Australia June 6, 2012. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz
This photo from NASA shows the planet Venus transiting the Sun, June 5, 2012.
The planet Venus makes its transit across the Sun as seen from Kathmandu June 6, 2012. Venus made a slow transit across the face of the sun on Tuesday, the last such passing that will be visible from Earth for 105 years. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL – Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
A combination picture shows the planet Venus as it transits across the face of the sun as seen from the Greenwich Observatory on June 8, 2004 in London. The rare astronomical event last occurred in 1882, while the next transit is due in 2012. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
The “black drop” effect is seen as Venus (top) begins to cross the sun’s face during the transit of Venus as seen from the west side of Manhattan in New York. The optical illusion makes Venus appear to be “stuck” to the edge of the sun at the beginning and end of the transit. (AFP Photo/Stan Honda)
Venus is silhouetted as it crosses in front of the sun as it sets behind the Kansas City, Mo. skyline Tuesday, June 5, 2012. From the U.S. to South Korea, people around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the once-in-a-lifetime sight of the transit of Venus, which won’t be seen for another 105 years. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Transit Of Venus June 6, 2012

I designed this all by myself using Microsoft PowerPoint for this special phenomena.

The Transit of Venus will occurs tomorrow.

Please click below for:

  1. Photos Transit Of Venus June 5, 2012.

  2. ANGKASA’s Photos: Transit Of Venus (Malaysia) June 6, 2012.

  3. NASA’s Special And Rare Video Of The Transit Of Venus (June 5, 2012)

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.

I used the Microsoft PowerPoint to illustrate how the Transit of Venus happens.

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.

Geocentric Phases of Venus Transit – 6 June 2012

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!

The map shows where and when the Venus Transit can be seen.

Total Lunar Eclipse Observation Program(Program Gerhana Bulan Penuh) – ANGKASA and National Mosque

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

                                          Eclipse Talk

                                          Quiz

3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.    Solat Sunat Gerhana Berjemaah          

7:00 a.m.                         Dismiss