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HCC Science Faculty and Astronomy Club Host June 5 Viewing of Rare Transit of Venus

May 29, 2012

(Columbia, MD) – Howard Community College (HCC) science faculty and the HCC Astronomy Club will host a safe viewing of a rare transit of the Sun by the planet Venus on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 from the West Parking Garage. Viewers will be able to observe the event from about 6:10 p.m. until about a half hour before sunset. Because staring directly at the Sun can cause permanent damage to the eyes — and because Venus covers too little of the solar disk to clearly observe it with the naked eye even with appropriate filters — the science faculty and Astronomy Club will utilize a Sun Spotter solar telescope, projection telescope, and other specially filtered telescopes for the event.

Beginning around 6:10 p.m., Venus will start to pass across the face of the Sun and fully enter the Sun’s disk by 6:30 p.m. This silhouette of the planet Venus’ shadow will last until about 8 p.m. as Venus enters more deeply into the face of the Sun. This event won’t be seen again until December 2117. 

Unfortunately, there are no rain dates until December 2117 in case of inclement weather. For more specific information, contact Professor Russ Poch at 443-518-4891 or

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Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to over 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, and Laurel College Center. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.