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1032 May 24th Transit of Venus


Global Visibility of the 1032 Transit of Venus

Venus crossed the disc of the Sun on 1032 May 24th. The map above shows the visibility of the event. The entire transit could have been seen from Northern and Central America, the north-western part of South America and the northern parts of Russia and Scandinavia. The Sun set while the transit was in progress in the grey area encompassing Africa except the south-eastern parts, western Russia, the Middle East, Europe, including the British Isles, and South America except the north-western part. The Sun rose while the transit was in progress in the grey area taking in the islands of the Pacific Ocean, Australasia except the western part of Australia, and eastern Asia. The yellow lines on the diagram show the position of the terminator, where the Sun is either rising or setting, at the key phases of the transit.

Geocentric Circumstances

Geocentric Circumstances of the 1032 Transit of Venus

The geocentric circumstances of the transit are shown in the diagram above. During the transit, the diameter of the Sun is 1888.6 arcseconds and that of Venus is 57.6 arcseconds. In other words, the diameter of Venus is 0.03 that of the Sun, making it look like a rapidly moving sunspot. The minimum separation between the centre of the solar disc and Venus was 373.3 arcseconds. The whole transit lasts just under seven and a half hours.

All timings are given in Universal Time (UT).

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