People in the Pacific (including Hawaii) will have the best view of the event and be able to see the entire transit, while people to the east (including the Continental US) will have their view interrupted by sunset. Locations to the west, including most of Europe, western Australia, and the Middle East, will join the transit already in progress at sunrise. For the best view of the transit at sunset or sunrise, consider getting to a high location with an unobstructed view of the horizon.
|Transit Begins||22:09 June 5||18:09||15:09||12:09|
|Transit Maximum||01:29 June 6||21:29||18:29||15:29|
|Transit Ends||04:49 June 6||00:49||21:49||18:49|
REMEMBER: Don't look right at the sun.
One of your best bets for viewing astronomical events such as this one is to connect with a local group of amateur astronomers, as they'll likely have the tools and know-how to provide a great view. If you're viewing on your own, however, you have several options:
To view it safely, you can:
Get a pair of "solar observing glasses." These are specially designed for safe viewing -- do NOT use regular sunglasses, polarized filters, or other devices. (It may be too late to easily find these near you, but you can stock up for future eclipse viewing.)
Look through a telescope with a proper solar filter attached. Don't use solar filters that attach to the eyepiece of the telescope. Proper solar filters should filter the sun's light before it enters the instrument to be magnified.
View through #14 Welder's glass. This is the dark glass that goes in the face shield of welding masks. The "#14" refers to the darkness of the shade. Make sure you have #14 glass -- common welder's masks often use a lighter shade. #14 glass can be obtained at local welding supply stores for a few dollars.
Use a telescope or pair of binoculars to project an image of the sun onto another surface. The Exploratorium has a good set of instructions for making a projector. Remember -- do not look through the scope or binoculars, and give your instrument time to cool down during viewing. The concentrated light from the sun can heat up and damage the optical components.
Make a 'pinhole camera' to project an image of the sun onto another surface as described here. While this is a good option for an eclipse, the image made this way may be too dim and small to be able to view the tiny dot of Venus during the upcoming transit.