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Transit of Venus: Viewing and Resource Guide: Local Viewing Information

1882 Photo of the Transit of Venus

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Venus Diagram

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Viewing the Transit of Venus in Huntsville

 

SAFE WAYS TO VIEW THE TRANSIT:

  • The Von Braun Astronomical Society will set up shielded telescopes for free viewing in front of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on Interstate 565. The transit begins at 5:05 p.m. (Central Time) on Tuesday, June 5. The viewing party is from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. and includes children's activities.
  • NASA astronomer Bill Cooke and his colleagues will set up telescopes on the west side of Moarshall Building 4600 for people with arsenal access who want to stop for a look on the way home from work.
  • NASA will also stream live views of the transit on the agency's website.
  • Find a piece of No. 14 welders' glass. You can watch safely through that.
  • Make a pinhole viewer. Take a shoebox or similar box, put a small hole in one end, and sunlight will project a larger image on the other side of the box, much like a movie projector.

[Source: The Huntsville Times, Monday, June 4, page A1]

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