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See a once in a lifetime event

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What will look like a grape passing in front of a watermelon happens Tuesday evening. 

It will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. It is the last time that any of us will be able to view the transit of Venus across the solar plane. The planets won’t be in such perfect alignment for another 105 years as Venus passes directly between the sun and the Earth, and won’t happen again till the year 2117.

During the transit Venus will look like a small black dot crossing the suns surface. The diameter of Venus will be about 1/30th the diameter of the sun, in comparison it will look like a grape crossing in front of a watermelon.

While the transit will be visible to the naked eye, it is never recommended to look directly at the sun. Use the same precautions as you would to observe the partial phases of a solar eclipse.

The Lake Afton observatory will be open Tuesday, June 5th from 4:45pm to 8:30pm for viewing.

 

 

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