General Public Invited to View Transit of Venus, a Once-In-A-Lifetime Astronomical Event, on Top of Stone Mountain
Solar-Filtered Telescopes for Viewing Free of Charge, Provided by
Atlanta Astronomy Club
WHAT: Stone Mountain Park (SMP) hosts a telescope viewing of the transit of Venus with the Atlanta Astronomy Club on top of Stone Mountain. The transit of Venus occurs when the planet Venus passes directly between the Earth and sun. The transit is the last one to occur in this generation’s lifetime with the next transit predicted for the year 2117.
WHO: Interviews with amateur astronomers and Atlanta Astronomy Club members will be available as well as guests from the park present for the viewing.
WHERE: Top of Stone Mountain at Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Ga.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 5th; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
VISUAL There will be 10 large solar-filtered telescopes set up on top of Stone Mountain. Guests will be viewing the transit through these telescopes. Viewers will witness what appears to be a tiny dot passing right to left across the face of the sun. The Atlanta Astronomy Club will be available to describe to guests what they are seeing and guide them through the viewing. A television screen will be on hand to show what the astronomers are seeing and would offer a great visual shot of the Transit just as Venus comes across the face of the sun.