2012 in astronomy

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Special Event of the year[edit]

Transits of Venus across the disk of the Sun are among the rarest of planetary alignments. Indeed, only seven such events have occurred since the invention of the telescope (1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882 and 2004). The next transit of Venus will occur on 2012 June 06.


Two solar and two lunar eclipses take place in 2012 as follows.

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