Where to see the rare transit of Venus in South Florida

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The rare transit of Venus as witnessed in 2004 (credit: Jim Tiller)

The rare transit of Venus as witnessed in 2004 (credit: Jim Tiller)

Florida Travel Guide: Look to the sky to witness the rare transit of Venus

A special site will be visible in the heavens on Tuesday June 5 when Venus makes a rare transit, passing in front of the sun. The last time this celestial phenomenon took place was in 2004 but the next time it happens, in 2117, we’ll all be long gone.

Witness the rare Venus transit if you can

If  you are at all able to witness this event, keep safety in mind and don’t look directly at the sun because doing so is very harmful to your eyes. Wear special eclipse glasses or view the event through a telescope that has special filters for such an occasion.

When will the Venus Transit be visible in Florida?

You’ll be able to witness this spectacular event from 6 p.m. until the sun sets, before 8 p.m. Venus will look like a black circle slowly moving across the surface of the sun.

The way the Venus Transit goes, two cycles occur within eight years of each other and then another happens 100 or so years later.

View this event with the Palm Coast Astronomy Club

If you’re a resident of or a visitor to Volusia or Flagler, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Palm Coast Astronomy Club are giving you a chance to view the Venus Transit with their telescopes.

On Tuesday at Embry-Riddle’s Creekside Observatory in the Lehman Engineering and Technology Building on the Daytona Beach campus (600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.), you’ll be able to view this amazing event. The observatory will be opening at 3 p.m. at which time, the planets Mercury and Jupiter will both be visible.

Six specially equipped, filtered telescopes will protect viewers’ eyes and faculty and students of Embry-Riddle will be there to describe what’s happening during the Venus Transit.

Also in Palm County, Astronomy Club members will be setting up a telescope in Central Park at Town Center at roughly 7pm. The sun’s image will be projected onto a screen to allow for safe viewing for all.

Other Venus Transit viewing locations in South Florida:

  • Weston, from the southwest corner of Markham Park at the levy, 16001 W. State Road 84: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Buehler Planetarium at 3501 Davie Road, Davie: 5:30 to 7 p.m
  • West Delray Regional Park in Delray Beach, 10875 W. Atlantic Ave.: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Florida Atlantic University, on top of parking garage PK81 next to the college’s entrance near the library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton: 6 to 8 p.m.

Tell us…

Will you have an eye to the sky on June 5?