The Transit of Venus is a celestial event in which we witness the silhouette of Venus against the Sun. This is the last viewing opportunity in our lifetime, since the next one will come in December 2117. Historically, the alignment of Earth, Venus, and the Sun enabled scientists to determine the size and separation of objects in our solar system.
Join us in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery for a discussion of this occurrence. Dr. David DeVorkin of the Museum's Space History Division and Dr. Jim Zimbelman of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies will present the transit's historical significance as well as our scientific understanding of it. During the program, the transit will enter its first viewable phase at 6:09 PM, which will be projected from two global perspectives on the gallery's large screens.
This event is free, and part of the museum's commemoration of this celestial event. Please join us!