May 28, 2012
The “ring of fire” solar eclipse may be history, but skywatchers have another stunning event to look forward to — June’s historic Venus transit of the sun.
On Sunday, May 20, the moon covered most of the sun’s disk but left a ring of light blazing around its circumference. The resulting annular solar eclipse wowed skywatchers in parts of Asia, the Pacific region and western North America.
As impressive as that sight was, it may just be a warm-up for the Venus transit of June 5 (June 6 in much of the Eastern Hemisphere). Venus will cross the sun’s face from Earth’s perspective, appearing in silhouette as a tiny, slow-moving black dot.