It’ll be 105 years before anyone on Earth sees another transit of Venus, when the planet passes in front of the sun. And the one that happened on the night of 5/6 June 2012 was not visible from St Helena. But the island played a significant role in helping astronomers learn about the planet – and much else besides. For a brief history that includes the island’s link with famed astronomers, click here.
There’s gold in them stars