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The Transit of Venus (a program in two parts)

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June 3, 2012 2:00 pm
June 3, 2012 3:00 pm
Departs from John Brown House
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52 Power St., Providence, RI, United States, 02906

Part 1: Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m: A Transit of Venus Walking Tour
Part 2: Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m: A live telecast of the Transit at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium at Roger Williams Park.

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.

In June of 2012, don’t miss the truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe the Transit of Venus; it won’t happen again until 2117! First on Sunday, June 3rd, learn more about the 1769 Transit on a walking tour of Providence’s East Side, exploring the very site where the Transit was observed almost 250 years ago. Participants will also have an opportunity to see Benjamin West’s telescope at the Ladd Observatory. Then, on Tuesday, June 5th, join us at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Roger Williams Park to view the Transit via a live telecast!  Eclipse glasses will be provided.

$11 per person for both events. $8 per person for the walking tour (Kids under 12 free), and $3 per person for the planetarium visit (Kids under 4 free). Reservations for walking tour required.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Caitlin Murphy at 401-331-8575 x 28 or cmurphy@rihs.org

The Transit of Venus program is a participating event in the Rhody Ramble. Learn more at www.RhodyRamble.org.

Practice viewing the upcoming transit!
Many thanks to Ed Walker for these images.

[IMPORTANT: Click here for information on safely viewing the transit.]

Venus will appear as a small dot as it crosses the sun. Those who are trying to view it without a telescope or binoculars will have trouble seeing it but they can practice by using the moon. The sun and moon are about the same size as seen from earth so by locating a feature on the moon that appears as the same size as Venus one can test ones eyes and be ready for the transit. I marked the Crater Grimaldi on the photo below. It is the dark  nearly round object indicated by the arrow. This is about the same size that Venus will appear to be.”

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