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Don’t Miss the Transit of Venus!



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The Transit of Venus is upon us occurring on June 5th. Don’t miss your chance to see this rare event, since it won’t be back for over 100 years. Listen to Derrick Pitts as he describes the best way to view the transit without directly looking at the sun. The whole process will take about 6.5 hours, but here in the Delaware Valley we will only see about 2 hours beginning at 6:03 p.m. If you would rather stay indoors you can always watch the transit unfold online at NASA.gov or slooh.com. The Franklin Institute will also have a full program beginning at 4:30 p.m. that day. Also, how did the SpaceX Dragon mission go? It went very well and everything went to plan. The next step is that SpaceX will get clearance to start shuttling astronauts to ISS. So what’s next for planet Venus? As we move into the summer, Venus is progressing along its orbit passing between the Sun and the Earth, but this portion of its orbit allows it to transition from evening to morning sky. And don’t miss the other planets inhabiting the night sky this week. All this and more on this week’s Sky Talk.For more on the history of the transit listen to Derrick Pitts on Radio TimesFor a step by step process on creating a viewing device to safely see the Transit of Venus visit Newsworks.org

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