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See rare ‘transit of Venus’ at Rauch Planetarium June 5

by Cindy Hess, communications and marketing last modified May 30, 2012 10:49 AM

The University of Louisville’s Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium will open its doors to allow visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Venus cross the face of the sun on June 5. The next time the solar phenomenon occurs will be in 2117.

See rare ‘transit of Venus’ at Rauch Planetarium June 5

A view of Venus from NASA.gov.

The free, public celebration runs 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature a live webcast of the cosmic event (starting at 6:04 p.m.) from the Mauna Kea Observatory, Big Island, Hawaii. Viewers can watch the transit on the planetarium’s 55-foot dome or through solar telescopes (weather permitting) that the Louisville Astronomical Society (LAS) provides.

Other activities will include games for children, refreshments, a drawing for a free telescope and other prizes.

According to a NASA website, the transit of Venus comes in pairs. The June 5 transit is the second and final for this century. The first was in 2004.

It will take about seven hours for Venus to cross the sun. For viewers in the Louisville area, the transit begins at 6:04 p.m. and continues until sunset.

LAS and UofL have partnered with other organizations to offer additional viewing sites at The Falls of the Ohio, Jeffersonville, Ind., and Bernheim Forest in Clermont, Ky. Viewers can watch the Venus transit from 6:04 p.m. until sunset at both locations.

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