The transit of Venus, which is a once in a lifetime event and a very important event in astrology, occurred last Wednesday. These resulted to a lot of psychic predictions. Matt Pearce was able to set up his telescope and cameras on One Tree Hill. The weather in Ararat proved to be cloudy; however, brilliant shots were still take by Mr. Pearce.
Transits of Venus happen at very long intervals that is why when it happens, it should be watched and witness by everyone. Such event is the passing of Venus between the Earth and the Sun. And for people watching from the earth, it would look like Venus passes in front of the sun.
As seen from eastern and central Australia, the transit of Venus took 6 and a half hours to complete.
"The cloud came in at about midday, however, I was able to get a viewing of the initial stages of the Transit up until then. The Ararat weather held off pretty well until then. We won't be able to see this again for about another 105 years,” said Mr. Pearce.
"It was in the 1700s that James Cook sailed to Tahiti to view this event and soon after bumped into the east coast of Australia, which they found to be lush and fertile as opposed to all the earlier reports about Australia being dry and desolate, which came from Dutchmen running into the west coast in earlier years. This basically allowed England to claim Australia as their own,” he added.
So far, there have already been 8 transits of Venus that have been observed by mankind. These occurred in the years 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882, and 2004.
“It’s a must-see event for skywatchers as Venus won’t cross across the solar disk again for 105 years,” said James Kevin Ty of the Astronomical League of the Philippines.