Rare Celestial Event Visible Tuesday

(WIBW) - People can view a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon Tuesday night.

It's called the transit of Venus, when the planet Venus moves between the earth and sun. It will appear as a small, black dot moving across the sun. In northeast Kansas, it will begin to be visible at 5:50 pm and continue for several hours.

People will need special solar glasses in order to safety get a glimpse of the event. Several locations, including Wolfes Camera and Video in downtown Topeka and Denison State Bank locations are selling them for $2. Lifetime Eye Care in Holton underwrote the cost of the glasses so that all proceeds will benefit the Banner Creek Science Center in Holton.

Banner Creek Science Center, 22275 N Road in Holton, will be open beginning at 4 pm Tuesday so people may observe the rare event. Telescopes and glasses will be available at the science center.

The transit of Venus won't happen again for 105 years.

To get to the science center, go west on Hiway 16 past the entrance to the reservoir to N Road. Turn left at N road and go approximately ¾ ofa mile. You will see the gravel road on the west side of the road and the center is located on the top of the hill.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email: feedback@wibw.com
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