On the 5th of June 2012,
The HFCC Astronomy club will be participating and assisting in the following events:
University of Michigan – Henry Ford Community College:
in the afternoon and early evening of June 5th, Venus will pass directly between the Earth and the Sun, appearing as a small black dot against the Sun’s bright disk. This rare astronomical alignment was historically used to determine the distance between the Sun and the Earth. The University of Michigan – Dearborn Observatory and Henry Ford Community College’s Hammond Planetarium are presenting a program designed to allow you to safely observe the transit, and learn about its historic importance.
Transit Observations will take place at the Observatory starting at 5:30 pm and last until sunset. However the best views of the transit will most likely occur between 6:04 pm, when Venus first enters the Sun’s disk, and 8:00 pm. After 8:00 the Sun will be low in the sky and the transit may be very difficult to observe.
At 7:30 pm the Hammond Planetarium will present a transit program which will include the spring star show ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’.
The Observatory will host night sky observing from 9:30 – 10:30 pm, featuring Mars and Saturn.
Kensington Metropark (near Brighton Michigan). (5:00PM to 12:00 midnight). From 6 pm to sunset you can view this once in a life time celestial event through the solar filtered telescopes and binoculars provided and guided by the members of the Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs including the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club. Night sky viewing will continue after sunset. Program is free—Vehicle entry permit required. This event is hosted by Kensington Metropark and the Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs (GLAAC). More information can be found at The Transit of Venus (Kensington Metropark).
Members will be available at both locations! All astronomy enthusiasts are welcome to participate in both events.
~HFCC Astronomy Club