Zacheis Planetarium provides views of Venus transit

(05-29-2012)

On Tuesday, June 5, Venus will pass in front the sun, an astronomical event so rare that it has been viewed by humans only six times in recorded history. It didn't happen at all in the 20th century, and it won't happen again until the year 2117.

Adams State University’s Zacheis Planetarium will provide free, safe viewing opportunities for the general public throughout the transit, including telescopes with safe solar filters, eyepiece projection, and complimentary sun-viewing glasses that are yours to keep, while supplies last.

Venus will start to enter the sun's disk at 4:05 p.m. MDT, and will be fully inside at 4:23 p.m. The transit will continue through the afternoon, and still be in progress when the sun sets around 8:20 p.m. Telescopes will be set up outside the planetarium from 4 p.m. until sunset.

Cameras will also be available for those who would like to try their hand at photographing the event. Bring your own SD memory card or a USB thumb drive to take your photos home with you or you can download your photos from the planetarium website within a few days.

For more information, visit the planetarium website at blogs.adams.edu/zacheis or email Dr. Robert Astalos, director of Zacheis Planetarium, at rjastalos@adams.edu.