Transit of Venus – Party at HCC

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The Meade Telescope Safely Projecting an Image of the Sun and Venus
Image Credit: Dave Fischer

The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix (HSGP) held a party to celebrate the Transit of Venus across the disc of the Sun. I won’t happen again for another 105 years. The Humanist Community Center is located at 627 W Eighth Street, Mesa Arizona.

Below is the black disk of Venus crossing the Sun.

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The Transit of Venus Projected on our Screen
Image Credit: Dave Fischer

Venus Transits the Sun – Observation on Tuesday Hosted by The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix

The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix (HSGP) is hosting an astronomy event Tuesday afternoon, 5 June 2012, featuring the Transit of the Sun by Venus.

The location is the Humanist Community Center (HCC) located at 627 W. 8th Street Mesa, AZ. A map of the location is here.

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The 2012 Transit by Venus as seen from the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii
Image Credit: HSGP

The transit as seen in Phoenix begins a little after 3:00 PM, so arrive early at HCC. The hosts will have a variety of observation methods.

Safety is a primary concern. Please note these warnings from Wikipedia:

The safest way to watch a transit is to observe an image of the Sun projected onto a screen through a telescope, binoculars, pinhole[7] or reflected pinhole.[8] The event can be viewed without magnification using filters specifically designed for this purpose, such as an astronomical solar filter or eclipse viewing glasses coated with a vacuum-deposited layer of chromium. However, the disk of Venus is tiny compared to the sun and not much will be seen. The once-recommended method of using exposed black-and-white film as a filter is not now considered safe, as small imperfections or gaps in the film may permit harmful UV rays to pass through. Observing the Sun directly without appropriate protection can damage or destroy retinal cells, causing temporary or permanent blindness.[9][10][11]

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The Humanist Community Center in Mesa
Image Credit: HSGP