Transit of Venus! June 5th, viewing starts at 5:30pm EDT

The astronomy department will have an open house for the transit of Venus, happening on Tuesday, June 5th.  The transit begins just after 6pm EDT and the Sun will set while the transit is still going on.  If the weather is clear, we will set up telescopes for safe viewing of the transit.  If it’s cloudy, we will project a live feed of the transit on the screen in the observatory classroom.  Historical texts from the 18th and 19th century documenting the transits from those time periods will also be on display, along with a book from 1875 which make predicitions about this 2012 transit!

The next transit of venus will take place in 2117, so don’t miss it!

You can find general information on transits and more details on this transit in particular by clicking this link.

About Roy Kilgard

Roy Kilgard is a Research Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Wesleyan University. When he's not being an incurable nit-picker of sci-fi minutiae, he researches black hole X-ray binaries in nearby galaxies.
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