University of Calgary

View the Transit of Venus at Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Submitted by darmstro on Fri, 2012-06-01 14:29.

June 1, 2012

Witness the Transit of Venus, a rare and amazing celestial event. The University of Calgary’s observatory has filtered telescopes and solar viewing glasses for visitors who wish to observe the transit. Display monitors will allow real-time viewing as well as transmit live images of the transit from other locations on Earth via the web.

WARNING - do not look at the sun directly or through an unfiltered telescope or binoculars. Only observe the sun with solar viewing glasses or a solar filtered telescope.

This event will be held rain or shine. If rain or extremely cloudy conditions exist, the observatory will be showing a live webcast of another location on the planet that has clear skies. Bring your lawn chair and dress for the weather.

Magnolia Buckskin will provide live music. The Plaskett Medal talk will take place in the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory’s (RAO) Interpretive Center at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast throughout the observatory site.

What: RAO Open House: presentation and viewing through RAO telescopes

Who: Dr. Phil Langill, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary

Where: Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, on the east side of Highway 22, 2.4 km south of the Hwy 22 and Hwy 22x interchange

When: Tuesday, June 5, between 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 per car or $10 per person (CASH ONLY). Proceeds will go to RAO educational programming.