Transit of Venus

Friend Mary told me about a rare astronomical event called the Transit of Venus. This will happen June 5, 2012 when the planet Venus can be seen transiting the face of the sun. Viewed with protective lenses, of course.

This chart from NASA gives the transit time for Providence. The next one is not until 2117.

Two hundred and fifty years ago the transit made its mark on Providence…

On a clear June morning in 1769, a crowd gathered near a tall wooden platform, curiously watching gentlemen like Joseph Brown, his brother Moses, Stephen Hopkins and others using a telescope to observe the Transit of Venus. Two Providence streets now bear the name of their experiment: Transit Street and Planet Street.

Could be an excuse for a party. Why not?

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3 responses

  1. I’d love to see the transit, but it looks like you’d have to be on the other side of the world, where the sun is shining. Our transit time is 10pm.

  2. Actually, the transition will be visible in RI starting a little after 6 pm and will continue to be visible until sunset, which is pretty late in early June! So we’ll be able to see a good bit of it. Details here: http://www.transitofvenus.org/

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