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UM-Flint Joins with Longway Planetarium for Rare ‘Transit of Venus’ Event

  • May 30th, 2012 By: UM-Flint News

The Skinny

The last transit of Venus was June 8, 2004. The June transit will be the last for 105 years.

A transit of Venus is among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. On June 5, 2012 the planet Venus will make its final trek across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth until the year 2117.

The University of Michigan-Flint Department of Physics and Longway Planetarium are teaming up to provide a great way to witness the event. From 4-9:30 p.m. on June 5, (weather permitting) special solar telescopes will be set-up to safely view Venus passing directly between the Earth and Sun. The telescopes will be at Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc.  This “open house” event is free to the public.

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