Image: A Number Plate on a vehicle in Northern Territory.
Next month's Venus transit is a special event June 2012 — is the last chance for all of us amateur skywatchers to see the planet journey across the sky in front of the Solar disk. The last time there was a Venus transit was back in 2004. The next transit will take place in 2117.
Lore: The ancient Greeks first knew Venus as Phosphorus when it was seen as the "morning star" and Hesperus when it was seen as the "evening star."
It was the philosopher Pythagoras, in the 6th century B.C., who realized the two were the same.
Because of its brilliance, it has been known by all people. In Egypt it was called Bonu, in India, Asphudit. It was the Romans who named it Venus, after their goddess of love and beauty.
The National Trust of Australia (NSW) has a Transit of Venus Walk on Saturday 26 May 2012, at Woodford in the Blue Mountains.
The Transit of Venus will be clearly seen this year from Woodford. In 1874, Woodford House, owned by Alfred Fairfax, was one of the four sites in NSW selected for astronomers to observe this event.
Image by Mezza - Venus registration plate in the Northern Territory