Sat Jun 2, 2012 2:49PM
According to the Iranian Institute of Astronomy in Qeshm Island, the rare phenomenon of Venus crossing the sun is expected to be clearly observed from the island in Persian Gulf. Along with the sun rising in the waters of the southern island of Qeshm the transition of Venus across the sun will be seen well in the morning of June 7, 2012. The experts believe the rare astronomical event will not be repeated until next 105 years. Although the cloudy weather of the northern half of the predicted sites will make the phenomenon invisible for the people at the area , those in the southern half of the country will be able to observe the event clearly, said director of the Astronomy Institute in Qeshm Houman Najafi. While the sun is rising, Venus will appear in the middle of the sun like a small black spot. The phenomena may be seen with the naked eye in dusty or wet areas; however, it is not recommended as it increases the risk of becoming blind. Najafi also noted that the institute, granted with the improved equipments, could provide astronomical tour for domestic and foreign tourists. Qeshm is the biggest island in the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz, which is stretched closely along sides the south coastline of Iran's Hormozgan Province. The island is also famous for its wide range of ecotourism attractions such as the Hara marine forests. Environmental studies have shown that about 1.5% of the world birds and 25% of Iran's native birds annually migrate to these unique forests. FGP/PKH