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Transit of Venus

We had very good weather for the transit. We apologize for those who had difficulty when trying to access the live stream, but our server was overloaded due to the overwhelming demand for the live camera of the telescope.

We are pleased to reveal some images of the transit,and a downloadable movie showing the end of the transit.

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Exit of Venus from Sun (MPEG Video Format)
Complete with the "Transit of Venus March" by John Philips Sousa!

Special Transit of Venus Lecture and Observing Session

On June 8, Venus will move across the face of the sun, a rare astronomical event that last occurred 122 years ago. Prior to the event, physics graduate student Samantha Osmer will present the lecture "The Transit of Venus: Historical and Modern Perspectives" on Friday, June 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the Westphal Picture Gallery, 3rd floor, Main Building (32nd and Chestnut Streets). The lecture will highlight the discovery of transits, as well as the travels that were undertaken to observe them.

Immediately following the lecture (weather permitting), there will be a solar observation at our observatory. On Tuesday, June 8, the day of the Transit, from 6:30-7:30 a.m., we will broadcast the transit on our webpage, you can access the live feed from the link below.

Click Here for the Live Video Webpage

June 8, 2004
Transit of Venus
6:30 AM

Program Director, Anthony Dyszel,