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Transit of Venus- Observatory Program

Museum of Science, Boston

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Transit of Venus

June 5, 2012 – Weather Permitting*

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Museum of Science garage roof


Calling all astronomy enthusiasts! Join local aficionados for the viewing of a rare event—the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. A number of telescopes will be set up on the Museum garage roof for this special event; these will be equipped with solar filters for safe viewing.


Every 100 years or so, a pair of these transits occurs, separated by about 8 years. Scientists take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about the solar system. In 1761 and 1769, for instance, hundreds of expeditions—including one with a young James Cook—were sent throughout the world to observe the transit of Venus in an effort to predict the distance between Earth and the Sun. During the coming transit, some astronomers will attempt to learn more about Venus’s atmosphere based on how it appears when it is only halfway across the solar disk.


Register now to reserve your spot for this June 5 event, which marks Venus’s last transit during this century! Anyone interested in attending MUST register him/herself AND ALL MEMBERS OF HIS/HER PARTY INDIVIDUALLY. We cannot serve those who do not register as fire laws restrict more than 50 attendees on the roof for this event. 

*By 1:00 p.m. the day of the event, you may call our Gilliland Observatory hotline to see if the event will happen as it is weather-dependent: 617-589-0267

Presented in cooperation with the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston.

Have questions about Transit of Venus- Observatory Program? Contact Museum of Science, Boston

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Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Its 10,000-square-foot Hall of Human Life draws on the latest discoveries in the life sciences to engage visitors in their own biology and health. Other highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Butterfly Garden and 4-D Theater.  Visit

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