On approach: Venus (the bright white object) is seen heading toward its rendezvous tomorrow with the sun. The solar disk is obscured artificially by the SOHO spacecraft which captured the image yesterday (June 3, 2012).
On approach: Venus (the bright white object) is seen heading toward its rendezvous tomorrow with the sun. The solar disk is obscured artificially by the SOHO spacecraft which captured the image yesterday (June 3, 2012).Courtesy NASA (via EarthSky)
Want to watch the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun tomorrow? The UofM is hosting two public viewing events for just that purpose, one at the Tate Laboratory on the U of M campus and another at the Minneapolis and Eisenhower Observatory in Hopkins. Here's crucial information from their press release:

What: Transit of Venus public viewings
When: Tuesday, June 5 (Informational talk from 4-5 p.m. at Tate Laboratory; observation from 5-9 p.m. at Tate Laboratory and 5-10 p.m. at Eisenhower Observatory)
Where: Tate Laboratory of Physics, 116 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis and Eisenhower Observatory, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins

Additional information can be found here.

Remember, looking directly at the sun can severely damage your eyes so be sure to use the proper filtering equipment or indirect viewing methods. I plan to be camped out at the southeast end of Lake Calhoun again with my camera and my trusty slab of welder's glass #14 (the darkest and only safe level of welding glass to use - combining two #7s or any other configuration of numbers does NOT protect your eyes). My brother said he'll bring out his Meade telescope with a solar filter, too.

So don't forget. If the weather is decent (and the forecast says it should be) get out there for what should be another cool astronomical event. If you miss it you'll have to wait another 105 years to see the next one.

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