Transit of Venus
Witness one of the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena: the transit of the planet Venus across the surface of the Sun!
Ten Solar transits of Venus have been known to occur since the year 1396, with only SIX transits observed since the telescope was invented in the year 1608.
Don't miss the LAST of these events in the 21st Century on June 5, 2012 from approximately 6:10–8:30pm (sunset.)
- 5:30–6pm: "June 5, 2012: The Last Venus Transit of the 21st Century." Presentation in the Daily Planet theater on the science, history and multicultural significance of the Venus Transit — Dr. Rachel Smith, Director of the Astronomy & Space Observation Research Laboratory, Nature Research Center
- 6–8:30pm: Observe the Transit of Venus through solar telescopes on the top (9th) floor of the Green Square parking deck, located at the corner of Edenton and McDowell streets. The deck is free and open to the public after 5pm, and accessible via Edenton Street. Visitors can stop by at any time during this event, but proper viewing depends on the weather.
This event is FREE and weather-permitting.
NOTE: NEVER look directly at the Sun! Always use professionally approved Solar viewing glasses or instruments.