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SWOSU Hosting Planet Observation this Tuesday

June 4, 2012

Faculty from the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Physics Department will host a public viewing of the transit of Venus across the sun this Tuesday, June 5, on the Weatherford campus.

The public is invited to this rare planetary feat starting at 5 p.m.  (weather permitting) in the yard behind Stewart Hall beside the Chemistry, Pharmacy & Physics Building. The observation setup will remain for a couple of hours.

Dr. Wayne K. Trail said this transit of Venus occurs only twice every 120 years, which makes this a special day in the astronomical community.  Trail reminds everyone of the dangers in observing the sun and asks that no one try at home. The SWOSU faculty will use a telescope to project the image onto a screen for safe viewing.

A transit is when one object crosses in front of another object. An eclipse is one type of transit. It is rare for Venus to pass directly between the Sun and Earth. The previous two transits occurred in 2004 and 1882.

For more information, contact Trail at 580.774.3124 or by email at wayne.trail@swosu.edu.

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