A rare astronomical occurrence is bringing both professional and amateur astronomers out this evening to look at the sun. Beginning around 6 p.m. EDT in Indiana, the planet Venus will cross the sun’s path, an event only seen twice every 100 years or so.
The IU Bloomington Department of Astronomy will be on the roof of the Henderson parking garage (Atwater and Henderson) with a filtered telescope and viewing goggles so the public can safely watch the event.
The next time Venus will cross the sun’s path will be in 2117. The last time was in 2004, and before that; 1882.
The Holcomb Observatory at Butler University in Indianapolis will also host a viewing party, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Oakley Observatory at Rose-Hulman is also hosting a viewing event in Terre Haute, beginning at 6:30. The observatory is located on the east side of campus, off Hunt Road. Turn north at the stoplight on U.S. 40 at Lost Creek Elementary School, and follow the signs to the Oakley Observatory.
For those who can’t attend an event in person, a live webcast of the transit can be found here.