Venus passed between the earth and sun on June 5, 2012 – there was a little black spot on the sun that day. This won’t happen again until December 2117. Who has the patience to wait for over one hundred years!? I’m happy to report there is a total solar eclipse expected on November 3rd of this year. So look around your neighborhood to find an obliging amateur astronomer with a telescope and proper safety eyewear. They’re easy to spot!