transit of venus 8th June 2004
artists impression of venus passing by the sun
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Transit of Venus 2004

Please note this website is an archive of the 2004 transit of Venus across the face of the sun. For information on the more recent transit of Venus in 2012, please see our new website: 2012 transit of Venus. You can also read the Wikipedia page about the event: 2004, 2012.

How do I observe the Transit of Venus?

See our safe observing section for four ways to observe the transit. Or look at our "on the web" page for links from around the world.

Where can I see the Transit?

Use our Events Calendar to find events in your area. Many observatories, schools, Universities and Science Centres are having Transit events.

What can I measure?

See our Transit Calculator for details of the timings you need to make to measure the distance to the Sun. You need to look at this before the day to be sure you have the equipment.

Special thanks to the following who have helped support this project: Alt X gothic clothing, PMC Phones,

IAU Colloquium 196 -

Transits of Venus:
New Views of the
Solar System and Galaxy

7th - 11th June 2004

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