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2012.05.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Kountze Planetarium to Host Viewing of Venus Transit June 5

Omaha - On Tuesday, June 5, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Mallory Kountze Planetarium will host a special showing of Venus’ transit across the Sun. The event, which also happened in 2004, will not occur again for over a century.

Like a solar eclipse, where the Moon crosses in front of the Sun, looking directly at the transit will damage the human eye. Therefore, UNO is offering this special viewing, which is free to the public, so people can experience the event, which will not occur again until 2125.

The viewing will run continuously from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on June 5 with the transit beginning at approximately 5:08 p.m. The viewing will begin with a 30-minute video presentation produced by the Mountain Park Planetarium in Tennesee explaining the science involved with the transit and its historical context.

Because Omaha’s sunset occurs at approximately 9 p.m., viewing the full transit, which takes about 6.5 hours, will not be possible. However, John Artherton, manager of the planetarium, says those watching the transit should be able to see Venus travel more than half way across the sun.

The public viewing will also provide members of the Omaha community to have any questions answered about the transit, Venus, or the Sun. For more information on the Kountze Planetarium and other events, contact Artherton at 402.554.2219.

Venus
Courtesy of NASA

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