Where to Watch: Venus Transit Tuesday

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The planet Venus will pass in front of the sun on Tuesday, June 5. It happens only four times every 243 years. If you want to see the famed transit of Venus this will be your last chance this century.

Around 5:15 p.m. the planet will appear as a small dot, gliding across the face of the sun. The event won’t happen again until 2117.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s Science Department and Pauline Whitaker Library will host a viewing opportunity of this rare event on the Bentonville campus in front of Burns Hall. The Science Department has telescopes equipped with solar filters for safe viewing of the sun.

The Sugar Creek Astronomical Society, in conjunction with Hobbs State Park, will also host a viewing at the Centerton Gamble Elementary School. They will begin setting up at 4 p.m.

The public is invited to attend at both viewings.

Can’t make it? The Space Science Center’s team will have its transit video broadcast on NASA TV as part of NASA’s transit coverage, just visit: http://venustransit.nasa.gov/2012/transit/webcast.php

Or watch it from the Coca Cola Space Science Center Mead Observatory: http://www.ccssc.org/transit2012.html