Jun 5th, 2012 @ 10:05 am | Author:
Want to see the transit of Venus on Tuesday, June 5? This will be the last chance in your life to see such an event, because the next transit of Venus is in 2117. In a transit, the Earth, Venus, and the Sun are arranged in a straight line. Venus will pass between us and the Sun. With the aid of a telescope, you will see a small black circle (Venus) slowly cross the Sun's brilliant surface. The total transit lasts six hours. Sunspots should be visible, too. For more information, visit http://www.transitofvenus.org/
The perfect place to view this once in a lifetime event is at Valley City State University's Medicine Wheel Park in Valley City, ND. VCSU's Dr. Preston Bush will have a telescope set up at the west end of the parking lot at Medicine Wheel Park from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and will answer all questions. The telescope will be fitted with a solar filter to protect your vision (never look directly at the Sun). You will also want to visit the park's beautiful 4,000 square foot perennial flower garden.