View Full Version : Last Transit of Planet Venus

1st Jun 2012, 14:55
Next Tuesday, 5 June 2012, Venus will make transit between the earth and sun for its last time for the next 100 years.

The transit will be observable, on the date mentioned, from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the northern parts of South America.

The next transit of Venus will be in 2117.

1st Jun 2012, 14:59
2117 ???? That's an awfully long time to wait if you miss this one!!!

Lon More
1st Jun 2012, 15:00
Didn't know Venus had a Transit.; although Radz has got one I believe

Milo Minderbinder
1st Jun 2012, 15:04
"Didn't know Venus had a Transit"

just had a vision of hundreds of gyppos all off looking trying to find and pinch it

G&T ice n slice
1st Jun 2012, 15:13
I thought that it was banned when it came out in 1964, because it contained "homosexuality, prostitution, drug-taking and sexual perversion".

1st Jun 2012, 15:15
NO, That was The Archers G&T!!!

1st Jun 2012, 15:39
It never ceases to amaze me the difference in meanings between my language (American English) and several posters here. (Brit English).

Yes, Venus has a transit. Which has nothing to do with the planet taking a bus.

1st Jun 2012, 15:42
Not a bus but a van (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17792125)

1st Jun 2012, 15:42
A "transit" ain't a bus, It's a popular type of van made by Ford.
I'm not sure you have them in the States.

tony draper
1st Jun 2012, 15:44
Didn't Captain Cook get eaten when he went to watch one?:uhoh:

1st Jun 2012, 15:45
Thanks for the pictures, riardian. It now brings new meaning to the word transit. I guess.

See, that's one of the reasons why I used to be an Infantryman. Show me the pictures and I could do anything. Must be a reason why my nose was perpetually stuck in either a map or reading the Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad. Not that I read anything about tactics, mind you, I just liked the pictures!!!!!

Tony D:

Please refrain from any references about a person eating another person. We're having a bad week here in the US of A with people who have decided to do just that. It has us all up in arms, so to speak. We don't want to lose our heads over this ya know!!!!!

SMT Member
1st Jun 2012, 15:50
We don't want to lose our heads over this ya know!!!!!

Or, indeed, noses, cheeks and eyes.

Milo Minderbinder
1st Jun 2012, 15:54

Transits are often known as Trannies, or Ford Trannies...... how does that fit into your linguistic confusion?

1st Jun 2012, 16:04
Trannies, here in the US, is a colloquialism for a automobile's transmission.

Now I'm very confused.

Let me read my Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad manual in peace please. Sheessh.

1st Jun 2012, 16:04
I believe that the South Sea Islanders referred to white men
as "Long Pigs." Apparently we have a somewhat "Similar" taste
to the shorter version.

1st Jun 2012, 16:10
Oink-oink, storminnorm, oink-oink!!!!!

tony draper
1st Jun 2012, 16:37
I believe in the Americas the dish was known as 'Capra Sans Corns' or the Hornless Goat in English, remember they all spoke furrin until we got there.
Prolly depends on the gravy you have with it anyway.

Lon More
1st Jun 2012, 18:13
Knon as the Ford Transit Connect Stateside.

1st Jun 2012, 18:15
Yet more sensationalism from a non-journalist... ;)

Please see amended thread title above.

Nuff said... :ok:


1st Jun 2012, 18:19
Gee airship, splitting hairs are we? If you read my post you'll note that the very last sentence specifies when the next transit of Venus will be. And there isn't a person currently alive on this earth who will be around in 2117. Or, very, very few.

Thus it's the last transit for all of us.

1st Jun 2012, 18:24
Unless you're one of those Galapagos tortoises who can reputedly live in excess of 100 years...? Or else your 1st name is Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha or whatever...? :ok:

1st Jun 2012, 19:33
We don't want to lose our heads over this ya know!!!!! - just hopin' you don't lose face.

1st Jun 2012, 20:05
Sorry BOAC but I live far enough from Miami where I don't have to worry about that. (Although we do have black bear in our area, all of whom I'm sure wouldn't mind a midnight snack or two!!!)

2nd Jun 2012, 09:37
So another astronomical event that won't happen again in my lifetime.

The list so far in my short tenure of life -

Total eclipse of the Sun (Melbourne Oz). No more of 'em there till 2061.

Conjunction of all the planets

Halley's comet (due back circa 2062 around tea time)

Closest approach of Mars

Closest approach of Pluto (when it crossed inside the orbit of Neptune)

Schumacher-Levy crashing into Jupiter

Supernova in the Lesser(?) Magellanic Cloud in early 80s

Did I forget any?

Takan Inchovit
2nd Jun 2012, 11:33
There will be a total sun eclipse in Northern Oz mid November.

I believe lieutenant James Cook popped in some years ago to observe some sort of eclipse, ended up throwing his canons on to the reef.

tony draper
2nd Jun 2012, 11:41
The Universe operates on a different timescale to we talking monkeys is all,photons leaving the surface of the sun right now started their journey from the interior before we came down from the trees.

2nd Jun 2012, 12:45
This was covered many years ago, and it will happen on a Monday.

Sic transit gloria Mundi

2nd Jun 2012, 13:55
I believe lieutenant James Cook popped in some years ago to observe some sort of eclipse, ended up throwing his canons on to the reef.

I'll bet that displeased the Archbishop.