Transit of Venus
Jun. 5, 2012 4:30pm — 9:45pm Outdoor Terrace
Watch Venus cross the face of the Sun, an event so rare the next transit of Venus is not until 2117. Not to be missed!
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Calgary skies are looking cloudy right now! Fret not. We will be showing a live feed from sunnier locations here onsite until 8:30 p.m. - we look forward to seeing everyone down here!
On June 5, the planet Venus will pass directly between Earth and the Sun, and appear to cross the face of the Sun. Venus will appear as a large dark dot on the Sun’s disk.
Such “transits of Venus” are so rare only six have been seen in recorded history, beginning in 1639. They occur in pairs, eight years apart, separated by a century or more. Transits occurred in 1761 and 1769 and again in 1874 and 1882. The last transit was in 2004 and could not be seen from southern Alberta.
Transits of Venus are truly once (or twice!) in a lifetime events. No one who saw the 2004 transit had seen one before. And perhaps no one who sees the transit on June 5, 2012 will see another.
The weather report is calling for clear skies and our Outdoor Park will be open late with solar filtered telescopes so everyone can get a close up view!
Access to the TELUS Spark Galleries will not be available after 6:00 p.m., however washroom access will be available until 8:30.
Get your own Eclipse Shades at the Store to view the Partial Eclipse! Absolutely safe for direct solar viewing of solar eclipses, sun spots and other solar phenomenon.
All of our solar viewing materials are optical density 5 or greater and are "CE" certified which meets the transmission requirements of scale 12-16 of EN 169/1992. Lenses are made of our exclusive scratch resistant optical density 5, "Black Polymer" material. Eclipse Shades filter out 100% of harmful ultra-violet, 100% of harmful infrared, and 99.999% of intense visible light.
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