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Venus + Aircraft Transit 2012

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Published on Jun 6, 2012

Venus Transit with a little extra transit at the same time.

Perhaps someone can identify the aircraft.

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Well over 500 people from northwest Indiana visited the Valparaiso University Observatory late afternoon Tuesday to behold the rare sight of Venus transiting across the Sun. The bright sunny skies added to the festive atmosphere. Folks of all ages looked through eclipse glasses and a collection of telescopes that filtered out the bright sunlight for direct viewing or projected an image onto a screen or captured video images that were displayed on a monitor. Exclamations of "awesome," "neat," "amazing" were heard as people got a view of the dark dot of Venus displayed against the face of the Sun. The event was hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, under the direction of Profs. Todd Hillwig and Bruce Hrivnak and technician Paul Nord. Images and video of the event can be accessed from the website of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at http://www.valpo.edu/physics . The VU Observatory holds a regular program of public open houses during the academic year that are also free and open to the public. In view this fall will be Saturn with its rings along with nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies.

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