ADRIAN, Mich. – On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, viewers in southern Michigan will be able to view a transit of Venus, a rare astronomical event.
A transit of Venus occurs when Venus passes directly between the Sun and the Earth. This obscures a small portion of the Sun allowing Venus to appear as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun. The next transits of Venus will not occur until December of 2117.
If the evening skies are clear or partly cloudy: Continuous viewing from the observatory will begin at 6 PM EDT and the transit will begin at 6:08 PM. Viewing will continue until sunset.
If the skies are cloudy: A live Internet feed will be set up from another geographic location in the planetarium. Additionally, astronomer Mark Fairclough will discuss the historical importance of this event.
There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact: Mark Fairclough: firstname.lastname@example.org (517) 265-5161 Ext. 4788 or Sarah Hanson: email@example.com (517) 264-3944
The Robinson Planetarium is located at the eastern end of Peelle Hall on the corner of Charles and Williams streets on the Adrian College campus. The telescope and observatory are located on the roof of Peelle Hall