MEMBERS of the Midlands Astronomy Club (MAC, formerly Tullamore Astronomical Society) are planning to observe the last Transit of Venus until 2117 at dawn tomorrow (Wednesday, June 6) on Annaharvey Farm.
The usual MAC monthly lecture is on this evening (Tuesday, June 5) where Club Secretary Seanie Morris will present a talk about ‘The Transit of Venus’, covering all aspects of this year’s event, a history of Transits, and of course, how to safely observe the event itself.
Following the talk, members will head out to Annaharvey Farm to pitch tents and stay the night - and do observing if it is clear - until 4:47am when sunrise occurs.
Seanie explained, “The catch about this Transit is that we get the final 10-or-so minutes before it is gone forever, well, 105 years anyway. So we have a good location with very little obstructions to help. Even if the forecast is cloudy, it is worth setting up in advance because you just might get that all important clear patch at the right moment!”
After the Transit there will be cooked breakfast over barbecues onsite to finish the event.
Seanie outlined this is a free event and all are welcome to attend but children under 15 must be accompanied with an adult. He added, “If you wish to attend but not to camp over, this is also ok, and directions will be given to those who wish to attend.”
Check out the MAC web-site www.midlandsastronomy.com or contact Seanie on (087) 6825910.