The Transit of Venus and Scientific Discoveries
Unless you expect to live until Dec. 10, 2117, the last time youâ€™ll be alive when the planet Venus passes directly between the sun and the earth is this afternoon. Itâ€™s an event that occurs just a couple times every century and no matter how big of a deal, you better be prepared with the proper solar glasses, or it wonâ€™t be safe to view with the naked eye. On this hour of “All Sides,” weâ€™ll hear from the author of a new book about the history of the science of the transit of Venus, and weâ€™ll talk with an OSU astronomer about local programs for those who want to view the spectacle.
- Mark AndersonÂ (science journalist and author
- Richard PoggeÂ (Professor, astronomy, The Ohio State University)
The OSU Astronomy Department will be holding a public program to observe the Transit of Venus across the Sun on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, from 5:00-11:00pm on the OSU Main Campus in Columbus Ohio. Â We will be holding a number of activities to mark this rare event, including transit observing with specially equipped solar telescopes for safe viewing, public talks, and a post-transit star party to observe planets and star clusters in the spring sky. Click here for more information.