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UM Observatory - Transit of Venus - CANCELED
University of MD - Stadium Drive Garage
|Date(s) & Time:||Tue, Jun 5 2012
Wed, Apr 18 2012 12:00 am
|Registration Cut Off:
Mon, Jun 4 2012 12:59 pm
|Event Duration:||5 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D1: Easy|
|Event Organizer(s):||Amy K|
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Members Only, All Ages
|Maximum Group Size:||40|
|Minimum Group Size:||10|
|Number Registered So Far:||
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Come join us for round 2 at the UM Observatory for the Transit of Venus. Observing starts at 5, and the transit will begin around 6pm. Best viewing will be between 6pm and sunset, so come at any time. After dark, there will be observing of the night sky with telescopes. Remember to bring a pair of solar glasses to view with, as you cannot view this event with the naked eye! UM will be handing out a limited amount of viewing glasses at the event. Some of the members will also have extra pairs.
What is the transit of Venus?
When Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun. Historically, this rare alignment is how we measured the size of our solar system. This alignment is rare, coming in pairs that are eight years apart but separated by over a century.
The most recent transit of Venus was a thrilling sight in 2004. After the June 2012 transit of Venus (the last one in your lifetime), the next such alignment occurs in 2117.
This is an event open to the public - so it is on a first come first served basis. The earlier you arrive, the better your parking situation and access will be.
You can read more about the Transit of Venus HERE
Here is info from the UM Observatory about the event along with a campus/google map to the garage: http://www.astro.umd.edu/openhouse/2programs/special/20120605_Venus.html
|Required Items to Bring:|
Chair or Blanket to sit on
Solar Viewing Glasses (unless you get there early enough to get a pair of the glasses UM is handing out).
|Recommended Items to Bring:|
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
|How to Get There:|
Rooftop of Stadium Dr. Garage on UMD campus:
Stadium Drive Garage
1. Take Interstates 95, 270 or 66 to the Washington, D.C. Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) to exit 25B.
2. The University of Maryland is located at Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park). When traveling south on I-95, take Exit 27 and then follow signs to Exit 25B.
3. Proceed approximately one mile south on U.S. 1. Turn right on to University Blvd (Rt. 193 West) toward Chevy Chase Bank at Byrd Stadium.
4. From University Blvd (Rt. 193 West) turn left on to Stadium Drive and proceed straight into Stadium Drive Garage, across from the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Stadium Drive Garage is located in quadrant B3 and C3 on the campus map:
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