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13 May 2012
Transit of Venus. Don't miss it - the next one occurs in 2117!

Weather permitting Caithness Astronomy Group will hold an observing session to view this rare and historically significant astronomical event which sees the disc of Venus pass in front of the Sun. The preferred venue for observing is Thurso Harbour, but this may be changed at short notice depending on the weather. Check back here for updates nearer the time.

The transit will already be in progress when the Sun rises to the north-east, but clouds permitting it will be visible from 0410-0555hrs. Set your alarm clock for an early rise and join us to safely observe this rare event.

If you live in the Bettyhill area there is no need to travel all the way to Thurso to join Caithness Astronomy Group to observe the events. Weather permitting, Bettyhill based astronomer Jim Johnston along with CAG secretary John Keeton will be heading to a high point at Ard Mor on the north end of Bettyhill to observe the event (gather at the car park here - http://goo.gl/maps/PyiS). They will have solar observing equipment available and would welcome anyone else wishing to join them to view this rare event.

 

Useful weblinks:

http://www.ras.org.uk/transit2012
http://astro.ukho.gov.uk/nao/transit/V_2012/
http://transitofvenus.org/june2012/eye-safety

 

 




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