Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Live in northeast Texas? Come see the transit of Venus with us!

A photograph of the 2004 transit of Venus
2004 transit of Venus, photograph (c) Scott Thompson
If you live in northeast Texas, you are invited to come watch the Transit of Venus at the Texas A&M University - Commerce Observatory in Commerce, TX.  We will get underway at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 at the observatory, which is about 5 miles north of Interstate 30 exit 101 or 5 miles south of Commerce.  Details and driving directions are here.  The transit will last until sunset (awesome photo opportunity!).  We will have all the safety equipment you will need to get great up-close (and safe) views of the transit.

After sunset, the party doesn't end!  As it gets dark, we will turn the telescopes on the wonders of the spring and summer skies.
The 16-inch telescope dome at Commerce Observatory
The 16" telescope dome
In case of poor weather, the observing will be cancelled.  Check the observatory webpage for updates or watch my Twitter feed.

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