HERE'S AN UPDATE AS OF JUNE 5 AT 11AM!
The RASC and Douglas College transit events are rain or shine!
The RASC is at two locations: SFU, and Vanier Park (if we can see the Sun) or inside the Space Centre (if we can't).
Volunteers will stand by with telescopes at both RASC locations, and at Douglas College, until near sunset, in case there is even partial clearing! Live feeds from observatories in Hawaii will also be available at all three locations. And all three locations will be ready by 2:30PM.
At Douglas College, it's Room 3903 for both the simulcast and observing, and you can contact Jennifer Kirkey at[masked] for more information, including real-time updates on their status.
For the SFU event, you can contact Ciara Morgan-Feir at[masked] for updates, and it's room AQ4150 for both the simulcast and for observing, one floor up from the main south concourse of the Academic Quadrangle. A specialized telescope that offers stunning views of solar activity will be available. The location of the SFU event is circled in red on this campus map (http://rasc-vancouver.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/SFU-Transit-of-Venus-Location-and-Parking.pdf).
Finally, we'll be at the Space Centre - unless the there is even partial clearing, in which case we will relocate to Vanier Park, near the big rectangle. We will also have specialized solar telescopes at the ready. The Space Centre will have a simulcast and other activities - admission by donation - and they will open the GMSO if skies clear.
Keep rooting for clear(ing) skies this afternoon evening!
On June 5th, Venus will transit across the face of the Sun, something that won't happen again until December 2117. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Venus for more info on the transit and its role in measuring the size of our solar system.
The transit begins a few minutes after 3pm. By 3:23pm, the entire disc of Venus will be in front of the Sun. Venus will continue to move across the face of the sun until after sunset.
RASC Vancouver Centre will host two transit viewing events, one in Vanier Park by the HR MacMillan Space Centre and another at Simon Fraser University, in the southwest corner of the Academic Quadrangle (http://g.co/maps/tgrct) courtyard.
Weather permitting, we will have telescopes and projectors set up to view the transit, along with sunspots and other solar features.
Rain or shine, the SFU site will have a screen showing a video feed of the transit as seen from Hawaii.
The location of the SFU event is circled in red on this campus map (http://rasc-vancouver.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/SFU-Transit-of-Venus-Location-and-Parking.pdf). Recommended parking locations are outlined in black.