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Once-In-A-Lifetime “Transit Of Venus” Celebration To Be Held At Bobcat Stadium

Montana State University is throwing a rare, public viewing party on June 5th. All are welcome to Bobcat Stadium to watch Venus cross in front of the sun for the final time in more than 100 years!

Photo by flickr user terryballard

The “Transit of Venus” celebration will be held on June 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the southeast side of the MSU football stadium (Gate 8 will open at 3:30 p.m.). The party is free and open to the public.

Venus is expected to appear at the edge of the sun just after 4:05 p.m., and be halfway across the sun around 7:27 p.m. Safe viewing glasses and telescopes with filters will be available at the stadium. NASA images showing the transit from space will continually be shown on the stadium’s scoreboard screen.

MSU President Waded Cruzado is scheduled to give the opening remarks. Lincoln Gulley, a member of MSU’s Space Public Outreach Team, and David McKenzie, MSU solar physicist, are also expected to speak. Hours of sun-themed songs will play during the event, which will also include children’s activities, educational booths and concessions. CLICK HERE for more information and a schedule of events for the viewing party.

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