June 4, 2012

Transit of Venus

Photo by David Cortner
The full moon isn't the only astronomical event taking place this week.

On Tuesday night, the planet Venus will move across the face of the sun, appearing as a small dot in the sky. The transit will not occur again for 150 years, so this event is "literally" a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

To celebrate the passage, Cleveland State University, along with Baldwin-Wallace College, the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association and the Cleveland Astronomical Society, will host a free, family-friendly event at Edgewater State Park.

Telescopes and solar viewers will be available to view the transit, as well as Saturn, Mars, Mercury and the International Space Station. Experienced astronomers and professors will share their expertise on the astronomical event and the solar system in general.

The Transit of Venus is expected to begin around 6 p.m. and telescopes will be available for use after 9 p.m.

Transit of Venus hours:
Tuesday, June 5 from 5-11 p.m.

For more information about the event, visit Transit of Venus.

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