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GLHS Astronomy Club Prepares for Venus Transit June 5

GLHS Astronomy Club to Observe Venus Transit

Gahanna skywatchers should look to the west as Venus begins to cross the sun at 6:04 p.m. EDT June 5.

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  The GLHS Astronomy Club, under the direction of Adviser Fred Donelson, will attempt to observe the 2012 Transit of Venus at 6:30 p.m., from the parking lot of Clark Hall, 380 Granville St.

"Gahanna sky watchers should look to the west as Venus begins to cross the sun at 6:04 p.m. EDT. From our perspective, it will appear as a notch in the sun. By 6:22 p.m., Venus becomes a black dot making a 7-hour trip across the sun," said Donelson.

Weather Update 4:23 pm: Forecasters are expecting cloudy skies and possible rain this evening during the Venus Transit. NO LIVE VIEWING at Clark Hall tonight. Watch it live from a  remote telescope via the links below.

A Venus Transit occurs whenever the planet passes between the sun and the Earth. Usually the 3-degree inclination of Venus' orbit makes our sister planet pass just above or below the Earth's orbit.

Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable celestial phenomena and occur in pairs eight years apart: the previous transit having been in June 2004, the next pair of transits will not occur until December 2117 and December 2125.

Additional ResourceS
Looking directly at the sun, or through binoculars or a telescope aimed at the sun, can lead to blindness.
About the GLHS Astronomy/Rocketry Club | Adviser: Mr. Fred Donelson
The Astronomy/Rocketry Club student-run and driven club that is open to any GLHS student. Club members are instructed how to use telescopes in preparation for evening and/or weekend observation sessions. Members also learn to use planetarium programs and produce videos that are often shared with the community. Additional areas of exploration include radio astronomy, solar observing, and observational photography. Rocketry will also be explored as members experiment with payload lift, designing/testing, and staging.

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