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Viewing the Transit of Venus

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By Renae Counter, Explorebigsky.com Editorial Assistant

The transit of Venus will occur on Tuesday, June 5.

The transit of Venus is an astronomical event in which Venus passes between the Earth and Sun. During the transit, Venus will appear as a black dot gliding across the surface of the Sun. In North America, Venus’ path will be visible 4 p.m. to midnight. This will be the last transit of Venus to occur in our lifetime.

A public viewing will be held at the Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman from 4- 7 p.m. The event was organized by The Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) in association with the College of Letters and Science and College of Engineering.

To protect against eye damage, telescopes with solar filters and solar viewing glasses will be provided.

In the event of overcast or rain, the stadium’s big screen will broadcast the live NASA television viewing from the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite.

The event will have displays by MSU engineering faculty and students and educational solar activities for kids. There will also be presentations by the Lincoln Gulley, MSU Space Public Outlet Team member and David Mckenzie, Professor of Physics at MSU.

The Transit of Venus viewing event is free and open to the public.
For more information visit calendar.msu.montana.edu

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