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12 Places To Go in 2012

Northwestern North America, Hawaii, the Western Pacific, Northern Asia, Japan, Korea, Eastern China, Philippines, Eastern Australia, and New Zealand

Venus moves across the sun

Venus moves across the sun in June 2004. The previous transit occurred in 1882. (Image credit: NASA/LMSAL)

On June 5, 2012 (June 6 in much of the Eastern Hemisphere), Venus will transit the sun, meaning the small planet will pass directly between the Earth and the sun. It will appear as a small dark dot, sailing across its bright backdrop over the course of several hours. This rare celestial event has happened only six times since the invention of the telescope. Although the last transit occurred in 2004, it will not happen again until 2117, meaning that 2012 is your last chance to see this thrilling event.

The Ruins of Chichen Itza, Mexico


The Wall of Skulls in the foreground, Kukulkan towers above. (Image credit: dreamstime.)

No list of 2012 must-see destinations would be complete without a visit to this Mayan pyramid, which will undoubtedly be the site of plenty of doomsday hoopla in the coming year. Although many have made a mountain out of the fact that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, this long-gone civilization never made any dire predictions about this coming year.