The Falls of the Ohio State Park is offering free viewing of a special event only seen once about every 105 years. My family will make an effort to attend, but being that I am due for a baby in three weeks we will play it hour by hour. However, there's no reason not to share this information with the rest of you if you'd like to attend.
Here's the excerpt from www.fallsoftheohio.org. We hope to see you there.
Venus Transit of the Sun*
June 5, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to sunset
Meet us at the front of the Interpretive Center for a program we can't offer again for another 105 years! Venus will pass between the Sun and the Earth and appear as a silhouette. This observation event is a partnership with the Louisville Astronomical Society and the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. Telescopes with safe solar filters will be on hand to observe this rare astronomical event.
$2 pay-to-park fee applies, but there is no other fee to observe.
*Tips for Viewing the Venus Transit
Do not look at the sun without a proper solar filter. Sunglasses are not acceptable. Aluminized Mylar or glass filters that cut 99.99% of the light are best. Eclipse viewers will work because while the disk of Venus is small, it is large enough to be seen with the naked eye.
Telescopes should have an approved solar filter over the end of the scope closest to the sun. Some may have a secondary filter by the eyepiece.
If a filter is not available, project the image of the sun with a telescope onto a piece of white paper or posterboard. Cut a disk of cardboard around the top of the telescope so that its shadow falls on the projected image – it makes it easier to see, and a group can watch at the same time. Even a tripod-mounted spotting scope will project a good image – you needn’t have a large telescope!
Make sure the finder scope on the telescope is covered so no one looks through it. It will also prevent accidental burns.
Inform all guests who are viewing the transit to be patient and wait their turn at the safe observing place. A transit is a very slow event. You are watching a planet move in its orbit around the sun!
Select an observing spot with a clear western horizon. Check it out a couple of days before to make sure a tree isn’t in the way.
Go to a site where amateur astronomers will set up. In general, they know what they are doing!
If the weather is really bad with a solid overcast or worse, watch it live on a web site. This site:http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/transit/webcast.php will be broadcasting from Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
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