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The Transit of Venus 2012


On June 5th, 2012, Dr. David Hurd was on location at Beach 7 of Presque Island as over five hundred people gathered to witness a once in a lifetime event, the Transit of Venus.

 Partnering with Jim Gavio of the Erie Planetarium, the duo hosted a free community lecture at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center prior to the historic event and set up multiple viewing stations to witness the Transit of Venus. Hurd led guests in the safe viewing of this astronomical event and was pleased with the overall excitement directed at our night sky.

"It's always neat to have things like this get people's interest in the night sky, or, in this case, the day sky, think the real showstopper is that it is getting people interested in astronomy.''

 The Transit of Venus occurs when Venus crosses the surface of the sun and happens in pairs, with the last one occurring in 2004. The next one is not for over a century, scheduled for December 11th of 2117, so this was a truly historic and once in a lifetime event for all in attendance.

 Written by Daniel Hooven