Roch, NY Transit of Venus viewing at Charlotte

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  1. Doc_Bev Jedi Grand Master

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    Although this is probably pretty early for most people, it is almost literally a twice-in-a-lifetime event (the last one was 1882, the next is 2012 and the next 2117) so you might want to try catching either this one or the one in 8 years. With the Sun's rising at 5:30-ish Tuesday (8th) morning the planet Venus will be visible as a small dark dot on the face of the sun. The Rochester Academy of Science Astronomy Section (RASAS) will be hosting a public viewing at Charlotte beach. Here are the details from Jim Seidewand of RASAS:

    Time: Tuesday, 6/8, 5:30 to 7:30 AM. (ugh!) Between 6:15 to 6:45 would be the best time to get there and look, if it's clear, as early fog may hamper us along the water.

    If cloudy: I'll be there if it's even reasonably possible to see a hole in the clouds as the planetarium will be telling folks we're there. If it's really cloudy, Steve Fentress is planning to open the planetarium to view the live feed, so tell folks about that.

    Place: Ontario Beach Park (aka "Charlotte"). Take Lake Avenue North to the lake. Go to the last parking lot along the river as you head North, same lot as fast ferry, but all the way North and East. We'll be on the sidewalk by the river within 100 feet of the parking, just North of where the new fast ferry is docked.

    Object: A place to look at the transit where we can invite non-members. Tell anybody who's interested- the more the merrier. Want to bring a scope?- come on down! But please, as always- we ask that solar filters used to show the Sun to the public not be of home manufacture for liability reasons.

    Warnings: Alcoholic beverages not allowed in park at these times. Please don't go out on the pier into the river till after the park opens at 7. And obviously we need to leave the place clean or they'll come back and charge us to clean up or for damages- we had to get a permit for this event.
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