Apr 302012
 

The Clay Center Observatory would like to invite the public to enjoy the transit of Venus on June 5th, 2012. This will be the last opportunity to witness this event until December 11, 2117.

Key times of events:

  • 5:30pm EDT – the roof decks will open to the public
  • 6:03pm EDT – First contact, the moment when the disk of Venus first touches the disk of the Sun
  • 6:20pm EDT – Second contact, the moment when the entire disk of Venus is in front of the disk of the Sun
  • 8:17pm EDT – Venus set, Venus will set and no more viewing of the transit will be possible
  • 12:33am EDT – Not visible – Third contact, the moment when the disk of Venus begins leaving the disk of the Sun
  • 12:50am EDT – Not visible – Fourth contact, the moment when the entire disk of Venus is off the disk of the Sun

We will have several solar telescopes setup and eclipse viewing glasses available to watch the event safely. Remember it’s important not to look at the Sun directly, even through sunglasses, unless you have proper viewing equipment.

After sunset we will have our usual Tuesday public viewing night to observe Mars and Saturn through our roof top telescopes.

Our telescopes will also be streaming a live view while Venus is above our horizon from our Clay Center Observatory uStream channel.

All viewing and streaming activities will be weather dependent. Please call 617-454-2795 to listen to the voice recording about our weather conditions. We will provide online viewing of the event will happen regardless of the weather from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

More general information about the transit can be found at the Transit of Venus web site.

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  • 6:03pm EDT – 281.14°/22.38° – First contact, the moment when the disk of Venus first touches the disk of the Sun
  • 6:20pm EDT – 283.25°/19.30° – Second contact, the moment when the entire disk of Venus is in front of the disk of the Sun
  • 8:17pm EDT – 302.28°/-0.57° – Venus set, Venus will set and no more viewing of the transit

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