Tellus presents Venus transit viewing, RockFest this week
by Marie Nesmith
Jun 05, 2012 | 1421 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jay Batcha listens to Patricia Calkins, right, who attended the Tellus Science Museum’s RockFest event last year. Batcha was one of the vendors at the offering that were selling fossils, minerals and gemstones.
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Jay Batcha listens to Patricia Calkins, right, who attended the Tellus Science Museum’s RockFest event last year. Batcha was one of the vendors at the offering that were selling fossils, minerals and gemstones. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
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With the Venus transit viewing and RockFest on tap, Tellus Science Museum's staff is gearing up for a busy week. Tonight from 7 to 9, the Cartersville venue will offer patrons an opportunity to observe the transit of Venus, a rare incident that will not reoccur until 2117.

"What happens is the Earth and Venus and the sun are perfectly lined up and Venus is on this side of the sun," said David Dundee, astronomy program manager for Tellus. "So we'll see a little black dot going across the sun if you have the proper filter to look at the sun. So the safest way to view this is to come to Tellus, of course. We'll have small telescopes set up, and we'll also have images streaming from our observatory into the museum so that you can sit in the air-conditioned comfort of our theater and see the transit take place.

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