Posted on April 5, 2012 by Christopher Thrall

Wednesday, April 11 7 pm  |  Room M-010 Introducing the Transit of Venus Dr. Douglas Hube Since the invention of the telescope four centuries ago, the planet Venus has passed in front of — transited — the face of the Sun on 7 occasions. Only 6 of those transits have been observed. In the 18th …

Wednesday, April 11
7 pm  |  Room M-010

Introducing the Transit of Venus
Dr. Douglas Hube

Since the invention of the telescope four centuries ago, the planet Venus has passed in front of — transited — the face of the Sun on 7 occasions. Only 6 of those transits have been observed. In the 18th and 19th centuries, observations of transits of Venus constituted ‘big science’, and many European nations sent expeditions to remote locations to observe them.

In this presentation, Dr. Hube will describe the science, the scientific importance and the history of observations of these rare events. The next transit of Venus will occur on June 5, 2012. For those living now, that will be your last opportunity: The next following transit will not occur until December 2117.

Dr. Hube will give instruction on when, where and how to observe the transit safely.


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