Physics

Transit of Venus viewing event

June 05, 2012

Over 500 people from the Alma campus and the surrounding communities gathered with telescopes and solar filters on the football field to witness this once in a lifetime event.

On June 5, 2012, Alma College hosted a public event to view a once in a lifetime astronomical event: a “transit of Venus”. On that date, Venus appeared to move directly across the face of the Sun, a sight that will not be repeated until 2117. Professors Melissa Strait and Steuard Jensen and their students set up telescopes with appropriate solar filters and projection equipment next to the football field. On the field itself, visitors could see a scale model of the inner solar system to visualize the distance between the planets. Over 500 people from campus and the surrounding communities attended the event.