BU Offers Public Rare Glimpse Of Venus Crossing The Sun

Starts:
6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Location:
CAS 522
URL:
http://www.bu.edu/astronomy/events/venustransit/
On June 5, Venus will make one of its rare transits across the surface of the sun. The Boston University Astronomy Department and BU Center for Space Research will host an event to allow as many visitors as possible a safe glimpse of this event. (It is not safe to stare at the sun without eye protection.) The transit of Venus across the Sun occurs only twice every 121 years. Viewing stations will be set up on the rooftop of the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) at 685 Commonwealth Ave., on a grassy knoll at the corner of Comm. Ave. where it crosses over Route 90, and at the corner of St. Mary’s and Commonwealth Ave. in front of the barbershop. If the weather is overcast, the astronomers will present an image of the transit broadcast from Hawaii or elsewhere in CAS Room 522 (685 Commonwealth Ave.). Room 522 will also feature presentations on the lore and science behind the Venus transit.