The Transit of
Venus - June 5, 2012
An Observing Project in Canada's Northwest Territories
Ecce gratissimum spectaculum, et tot votorum materiem
"Behold, a most graceful spectacle, and the
realization of all my wishes."
Jeremiah Horrocks, 1639, translation by Father Vincent
Photo credit: Murray Paulson, Transit of
Venus 8 June 2004
" ...Thy return
Posterity shall witness; years must roll
Away, but then at length the splendid sight
Again shall greet our distant children's eyes."
- Jeremiah Horrocks
To observe the 2012 Transit of Venus (Tuesday, June 5, 2012)
from a suitable observing site in the Yellowknife area, Northwest
In the RASC Observer's Handbook 2012, and
on his website, Jay Anderson states, "To see the entire
transit, travel to Canada’s northern regions is required.
Yellowknife offers the most promising cloud and sunshine
statistics of any northern site, Europe or North America, with
sunshine hours averaging 64 percent of the maximum – and you can
Obtaining optimal weather predictions and having the capability
to relocate as necessary are critical to this project.
Several prime observing sites will be
surveyed and considered.
To host visiting amateur astronomers to
Yellowknife, and to facilitate their visit.
We hope that
observing this Transit will lead to collaboration amongst the
participants. We wish to be service of our fellow observers,
look forward to showing you around Yellowknife, and observing with
you at one of sites we have surveyed.
* These webpages are a non-commercial service
to amateur astronomers visiting Yellowknife to observe the June 5,
2012 Transit of Venus.
* The intent of these webpages is to provide useful
information on observing the Transit.
This is not an organized tour. All travel is independent and
each participant is responsible for their own travel arrangements,
costs and all associated activities of this project. There are no guarantees of success
in observing the Transit, no warranties of any kind are made, and
the author of these webpages bears no liabilities resulting from the
use of this information nor the links to various off-site Internet
* Please read the important
information at the link above on Eye Safety.