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06/01/2012 | News release
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Venus will pass between the sun and Earth Tuesday, June 5.
This rare alignment will not happen again until 2117.
The University of Toledo Ritter Planetarium will celebrate
this event with observing starting at 5:45 p.m. in McMaster
Hall Room 2002.
During the transit, Venus will appear as a small dot slowly
gliding across the sun.
"We will use our Heliostat solar telescope to safely
project a large image of the sun on to a screen," said Alex
Mak, associate director of Ritter Planetarium.
The planet named for the Roman goddess of love and beauty
will begin its transit about 6:03 p.m.
"This is probably the most exciting moment and the official
start of the transit," Mak said. "Unfortunately, the
transit won't end until a few hours after sunset here in
In addition to the Heliostat projection in McMaster Hall,
visitors may view the transit with small instruments on the
lawn before the sun sets behind the buildings.
"You may stay for a few minutes and catch a glimpse, or you
can follow the transit with us until local sunset," Mak
If it's cloudy, a web feed of the transit from a location
with better weather will be projected in McMaster Hall.
Mak cautioned: "Never view the sun directly without
appropriate safety measures as serious damage, including
blindness, can occur."
Read more about how to safely see the spectacle here.
Free parking will be available in the large lot on the east
side of McMaster Hall.
For more information on the free, public viewing event,
call Mak at 419.530.2650.
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