Transit of Venus Viewing June 5, 2012 (S. Rim)

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Transit of Venus (2004)

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The afternoon of Tuesday, June 5, 2012 will be the last chance in our lifetimes to see the planet Venus pass directly between us and the sun. A similar line-up of Earth, Venus and the Sun will not occur until December 11, 2117.

This rare astronomical event will be visible from most of the globe either the afternoon of June 5 (here in North America) or the morning of June 6. Here in Grand Canyon National Park, the transit will begin around 3:05 p.m. and still be in progress when the sun sets at 7:43 p.m.

 
Solar Viewers bought for the May 20 eclipse can be used again to watch the tiny black dot move across the sun's surface over the course of about 6 ½ hours (4 ½ hours here where the sun sets with the transit in progress).

NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITH NAKED EYE OR THROUGH SUNGLASSES, CAMERA VIEWFINDER, OR ANY FORM OF UNFILTERED MAGNIFICATION !
 
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Viewing transit through solar telescope.

Joe Bergeron

To watch the transit of our sister planet safely and as MORE than a tiny black dot, stop by the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, near Mather Point on Grand Canyon's South Rim. Telescopes will be set up offering both direct and indirect views of the transit. Venus will appear as a FAIR-SIZED black dot against the enlarged image of our local star when seen through a solar telescope, or even a LARGE black dot against the sun's image projected on a larger screen.

Join us
(park rangers, amateur astronomers and their telescopes)

In the plaza in front of the Grand Canyon Visitor Center
from 3:00 p.m. on June 5 until the visitor center closes at 6:00 p.m.

From 6:00 p.m. until sunset we will relocate to the canyon rim by Mather Point.

 

For a NASA web page with more information about transits of Venus and their historical significance in determining the scale of our solar system, visit: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/transit12.html

 
Grand Canyon Star Party Logo Copyright Joe Bergeron
Logo Copyright Joe Bergeron

Grand Canyon's 22nd Annual Star Party will be held on both South and North Rims from June 16-23, 2012.

For eight days in June, park visitors will explore the wonders of the night sky on Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix.

Amateur astronomers from across the country will volunteer their expertise and will offer free nightly astronomy programs and free telescope viewing. LEARN MORE HERE

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