The Sun, Venus, and Earth will soon align for the “Transit of Venus,” and Clark Planetarium is gearing up for this rare planetary event. From an awesome give-away to viewing parties, we want to make sure that you are ready to experience the Transit of Venus.
Mark Your Calendars: On Tuesday, June 5th Venus will appear to move slowly across the face of the Sun. In Utah, the Transit will be visible from a few minutes after 4 p.m. until sunset. The next Transit of Venus visible from the western hemisphere will not occur until 2125!
Orion XT8 Classic Telesccope Give-away: To celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event, Clark Planetarium is giving away an Orion XT8 classic telescope, complete with a solar filter. To enter, visit us at Clark Planetarium and fill out an entry form. The lucky winner will be drawn on June 4th at noon – just in time to use the new telesccope for the Transit of Venus the very next day. Only 1 entry per household and the winner must be at least 18 years-old. No purchase necessary and you don’t have to be present to win.
Viewing Parties: Starting at 4 p.m. on June 5th, Clark Planetarium will offer free viewing parties to the public. We will be set up with our telescopes equipped with the proper solar filters in the following locations:
- The Gateway by the Olympic Fountain in Salt Lake City at about 450 West & South Temple
- Dimple Dell Recreation Center in Sandy at 106th South & 10th East
Additional viewing parties will be held at these locations:
- Brickyard Harmon’s parking lot. Siegfried Jachmann of the Salt Lake Astronomical Society will have a rare 9″ Clark Refractor telescope equipped with a Hydrogren Alpha (translation, uber-cool) filter for solar viewing
- Weber State University in Ogden just north of the Lind Lecture Hall
- Northridge High School in Layton at 2430 North Hill Field Road
- Natural History Museum of Utah in SLC at 301 Wakara Way
- Novell Campus in Provo from 4-6 p.m. 1800 South Novell Place
Remember, there is no part of the transit that will be safe to view without proper eye protection. Purchase your solar viewing shades at Planet Fun Store at Clark Planetarium for $2. Call 385-468-1264 to order.
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