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The Transit of Venus (a program in two parts)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Cost: $12 per person for both events, or $8 per person for one. Kids under 12 free.

Part 1: Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m: A Transit of Venus Walking Tour. Departs from the John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, Providence.
Part 2: Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m: A live telecast of the Transit at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium at Roger Williams Park, Providence.

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On a clear June morning in 1769, a crowd gathered near a tall wooden platform, curiously watching gentlemen like Joseph Brown, his brother Moses, Stephen Hopkins and others using a telescope to observe the Transit of Venus. Two Providence streets now bear the name of their experiment: Transit Street and Planet Street.

In June of 2012, don’t miss the truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe the Transit of Venus; it won’t happen again until 2117! First on Sunday, June 3, learn more about the 1769 Transit on a walking tour of Providence’s East Side, exploring the very site where the Transit was observed almost 250 years ago. Participants will also have an opportunity to see Benjamin West’s telescope at the Ladd Observatory. Then, on Tuesday, June 5, join us at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Roger Williams Park to view the Transit via a live telecast!  Eclipse glasses will be provided.

Reservations for walking tour required.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Caitlin Murphy at 401-331-8575 x 28 or cmurphy@rihs.org.