Your calendar is marked for this, right? The Venus transit occurs tomorrow beginning around 4pm–that’s just one day before we experience the rarest of rare astronomical events. To make sure you are fully prepared, here’s a helpful list:
Appropriate Solar Filter Eye Protection: If you purchased solar filter viewing glasses for the annular eclipse, they will work for the transit. However, if you didn’t get your hands on a pair, we have glasses available here at Clark Planetarium. We brought in a shipment of Aluminized Mylar glasses that will offer a color-free (meaning non-orange tinted) view. These specialized specs are only $2.
Viewing Locale: While you can definitely check out the transit from home–if you have the proper eye protection that is–you can also visit a number of organized viewing parties where there will be telescopes outfitted with solar filters and knowledgeable people who can chat about the transit. Clark Planetarium will be hosting viewing parties at the following locations:
-Gateway Olympic Fountains; 450 West 100 South
-Dimple Dell Recreation Center; 10600 South 1000 East
Our friends from the astromony community will be hosting additional parties at the following locations:
-Harmons Brickyard; 3270 South 1300 East
-Natural History Museum of Utah; 301 Wakara Way
-Weber State University; Lind Lecture Hall
-Northridge High School; 2430 N. Hill Field Rd in Layton
Homework: Just kidding, but if you would like to prep for tomorrow’s astronomical wonder, here are a few links that we recommend:
Space.com’s Viewing Tips
Transit of Venus Simulator
How to Photograph the Transit of Venus
Finally, we would like to congratulate Russell G. for winning the Orion XT8 Classic Telescope from our recent giveaway!
Happy viewing tomorrow!