A twice-in-a-lifetime celestial event is coming up in June, and on Tuesday, the Space Telescope Science Institute is providing a chance to learn more about it ahead of time.
A monthly public lecture will focus on the transit of Venus, in which the planet will pass directly in front of the sun. During a transit, planets can be seen as a small black dot moving across the face of the sun. Of course, as with eclipses and other solar phenomena, they should not be viewed directly.
In North America, the transit will be visible at sunset June 5. Look for more coverage here as the event gets closer.
The phenomenon last happened in June 2004, but won’t again until 2117. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. in the institute’s auditorium, 3799 San Martin Drive.