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May 30, 2012

The eclipse of the Century : come watch the Venus transit at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

OTTAWA, May 30, 2012 – It won't happen again for another 105 years, so make sure you don't miss the chance to safely see the rare astronomical event that is the transit of planet Venus across the Sun's disc at the Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) on June 5th, 2012.

There are precautions to be taken to avoid eye injury while observing the transit of Venus, and the CSTM will offer visitors many safe options to witness this awesome spectacle.

Observation will be possible at the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory, through Canada's largest refraction telescope. In addition, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) will be on hand to allow visitors to peek at the planetary dance through a variety of its own telescopes. Finally, the RASC will also be offering free safe-viewing eclipse glasses to visitors wishing to observe this rare astronomical event.

WHAT: A chance to safely observe the rare transit of Venus.

WHEN: June 5, 2012; from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Canada Science and Technology Museum
1867 St-Laurent Blvd., Ottawa



Olivier Bouffard
Media relations

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