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Venus Viewing @ Van Vleck = Vivacious Visual Vacation

If you’re on campus this dismal Tuesday afternoon and want to sight some Venus Transit Authority before it’s too late (according to EarthSky, the next transit of Venus won’t occur until 2117—that’s past even Martin Benjamin ’57’s lifespan), head over to VanWyngarden Vleck Observatory right now for some good old-fashioned staring into space. According to Middletown Patch, the observatory will be offering a live video stream of the event and resources regarding previous transits of Venus:

Even if the weather is cloudy, Wesleyan will still hold a celebration of Venus with live video streams of the transit in the observatory classroom, and a collection of rare books from the Special Collections and Archives at Wesleyan’s Olin Library with information about the 18th- and 19th-century transits of Venus.

The transit starts just past 6 p.m., and the observatory will be open beginning around 5:30 p.m. and running until 8:15 p.m. Information on parking can be found here.

Astronomy Dept & Science Hall Present the Universe!

If you want to take a break from this momentous election to consider the far more momentous universe we live in, join your fellow stargazers at the Observatory tonight:

Science Hall is co-hosting a program with the astronomy department! The event is a photographic exhibit on the causes of climate change. We’re also breaking out the inflatable planetarium (!!!) so come check that out as well. After all this, there will be public observing. So come on out, explore the universe, eat some starburst and milky way candy, and take a little break!

Date: Wednesday, November 5
Time: 7:30-10:30 pm
Place: Van Vleck Observatory (top of Foss Hill)