June 5, 2012

Tuesday, June 5. Doors open at 2 p.m.

Observatory Offers Venus Transit Viewing

Just weeks after the solar eclipse, another adventure is unfolding in the sky, and the Jack C. Observatory will again offer a front seat to the show. The planet Venus will pass directly between Earth and the Sun on Tuesday, June 5, beginning at 3:09 p.m. and continuing for almost seven hours. According to Observatory Director Robert Collier, visitors can watch the event through telescopes at the observatory from the start until sunset. The public is strongly advised to not to stare at the sun without eye protection. Because Venus is so small against the Sun (1/32 the size), a low power telescope is recommended.

The observatory will open its doors at 2:00 p.m. for visitors to view the transit on screen inside the observatory or through filtered telescopes just outside on the observation deck. The event is free and open to the public.

Press Release: June 4, 2012

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