ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud State University’s Planetarium will host a live presentation of a rare astronomical event when Venus moves across the face of the sun on June 5. This transit of Venus is a celestial oddity that occurs about every 100 years and will not be visible again until 2117.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with transit events from 5-8:30 p.m. including satellite images and St. Cloud State astronomers on hand to answer questions and show demonstrations. The event is free and open to the public.
Telescopes on the roof of the Robert H. Wick Science Building will broadcast live images of the transit in the planetarium (basement level, room 24) and over the Internet at http://web.stcloudstate.edu/amfoudray/venustransit.html. Also shown will be a live feed from NASA at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii.
Venus will take more than 6 hours to move across the face of the sun. This transit will still be occurring during our local sunset at 8:56 p.m., but the sun will still be up in Hawaii.