The transit of Venus is a 7-hour event in which Venus -- one of only two planets between the Earth and its heavenly light -- treks its way across the surface of the sun. The transits come in groups of two, set eight years apart, but then don't occur for more than another another century.
The last one occurred in 2004, making the June 5 event the last one until 2117. Before 2004, the last one was in 1882.
So unless modern medicine makes some immense strides soon, this year's event will be the only chance many living Earthlings have to see it.
But here's the catch: Just like the recent solar eclipse, the best viewing will be in limited geographic regions. The Los Angeles Times reports that the transit "will be visible in its entirety only from the western Pacific, eastern Asia, eastern Australia and at high northern latitudes."
High northern latitudes, you say? Sounds like Alaska, no?
Indeed, the 49th state will be among the prime viewing locations -- so much so, that a group of astronomers are planning to make the trip to Fairbanks, Alaska's second-largest city, in order to facilitate viewing. That's according to Space.com, where it says the group of researchers from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory will make the trip in concert with a solar physics meeting in Anchorage.
Fair warning: You won't be able to look directly at the sun to view the transit, but will need to filter it through some sort of medium.The trasit will be able to be seen from 2pm-9pm
I haven't set the location yet but im thinking we could have a bon fire and maybe a little cookout at McCugh Creek