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Oklahoma City Astronomy Club will host viewing for rare transit of Venus

Members of the astronomy club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Science Museum Oklahoma for a live viewing of the transit of Venus across the sun. Experts say the event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

BY ADAM KEMP Published: June 2, 2012
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Ferguson said club members will erect a line of telescopes equipped for solar viewing in the science museum parking lot. For those who can’t make the viewing right at 5 p.m., Ferguson said, Venus should be visible for nearly 2 1/2 hours.

If you don’t plan to attend the science museum viewing party, you can see it on your own.

But unless the transit of Venus is the last thing you ever want to see, Ferguson recommends using No. 14 welder’s glasses or goggles to prevent potential blindness from looking directly at the sun.

First contact, when the leading edge of Venus appears to touch the edge of the sun, will happen about 5:05 p.m. Tuesday. Venus will reach halfway across the sun before it is no longer visible, because the sun will be setting.


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For more information about the viewing party, call 602-3760 or go to www.sciencemuseumok.org.

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