Get ready for Venus
Brace yourselves! We’re approaching the start of one of the most important weeks in the Astrological calender. And you can follow the up-to-the-second countdown here.
Science types refer to it as the Transit of Venus. Yes, that does sound like the name of a bad 60s Swedish band, but actually it’s a very serious and important astronomical event, that’s best summed up like this: for the last time this century Venus will move across the Sun.
Yep, true story. It’s a planetary dance-off and we’re lucky enough to be on the right side of the hemispheres to see it. Well, “observe” it, anyway, so long as we have access to serious astronomical equipment like a telescope and are wearing a massive pair of Venus-proof sunglasses.
No need to drop everything just yet though– the entire journey takes around six hours to complete. Which is really kind of slow for something best described as the equivalent of Christmas for space enthusiasts everywhere.
But watch they will. Including this man, Chris Wyatt, who ABC Open Project found is prepared to drive his 4WD five hours west of his home in NSW town of Walcha, in pursuit of the Venus. With temperatures expected to drop to about 8 degrees tomorrow night, that’s some pretty serious commitment right there. Then again, Venus is a pretty special planet.
More than 240 years ago this exact journey led British mariner James Cook into the Pacific Ocean to set up an observatory in Tahiti. And it was also one of the first ways humans measured the distance between earth and the sun.
Astrologically speaking the Transit of Venus symbolises a time of hope and optimism, and many believe will signal the end of a particularly bad patch of economic woes.
It’s also believed to have a positive impact on relationships. So if you’re looking for love, money, inspiration or a combination of both, this is your time. What are you waiting for? Get out there and make a date with Venus - you never know what might happen.
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