A transit of Venus (Shukra Sankraman) across the sun takes place when it passes directly between the Sun and the Earth. The Transit of Venus obscures a small portion of the Sun and provides us a scene of Partial Solar Eclipse. In 2012, Venus transit date is June 6, 2012 (in America it is June 5). This transit is the last of this century for Venus. Next Venus transit will happen in the year 2117.
Venus Transit occurs in pairs with a gap of 8 years. The previous pair of Venus transit were in December 1874 and December 1882..
Venus Transit 2012: Where it is visible….
The beginning of the transit can be visible from North America while South Asia, Middle East and Europe will catch the end of the Venus Transit. It will not be visible in South America and western Africa.
The entire transit will be visible from Eastern Australia, New Zealand, New Guniea, the Philippines, northern Asia, eastern China, Korea, Japan, the islands of the western Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, Russia, Alaska and north-west Canada. The Pacific Ocean is the best place to view the transit.
Time of Venus Transit 5/6 June 2012
As per the GMT (Universal Time Zone), transit begins on June 5th at 22.10 UT and ends on June 6th at 04.50 UT, with mid-transit taking place on June 6th at 01.29 UT.
As per the Hindu calendar, this Shukra Sankraman (Venus Transit) falls on Dwitiya Tithi, Moola and Purvashada Nakshatrams (Dhanu Rashi). It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya in Ashada Month as per North Indian Hindi calendars while it coincides with Krishna Paksha Dwitiya in Jyeshta Month of Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu & Kannada calendars. It falls in Vaigasi Masam in Tamil Calendar, Edavam month in Malayalam calendar and Jestho mash in Bengali calendar.