The Transit of Venus (where Venus will cross the face of the sun) will occur tomorrow, June 8th, 2004 in the early morning. I’m going to head to my local planetarium if I can get my sorry butt out of bed that early.
A little known figure in the history of the transit of Venus is Jeremiah Horrocks. He was a self-trained astronomer whose work Venus in Sole Visa influenced Issac Newton. Take the time to read about this facinating man.