Several Indiana state parks and state recreation areas will host viewing programs for the once-in-a-lifetime Venus transit on June 5.
Raccoon SRA is partnering with Dr. Howard Brooks, professor of physics and astronomy, and DePauw University. A shuttle will be provided to DePauw from Raccoon SRA and will depart promptly at 4:45 p.m. Cost for shuttle is $3 per person and limited to 15.
The Venus transit is a rare astronomical event in which Venus passes between the sun and the earth. During the transit, Venus will appear as a small black dot moving slowly across the face of the sun. The next Venus transit is scheduled for 2117.
The state parks and recreation areas offer a good view of the western horizon, which is important for the observation. At many properties, astronomers and astronomy clubs will offer information about the transit and answer questions.
The properties will also make it easy to observe the transit safely. Observing the transit without proper equipment could cause eye damage. The properties will provide viewing glasses and in some cases filtered telescopes and other equipment.
The transit will start around 6 p.m. and be visible until sunset, around 9 p.m.
While most programs are free, the normal gate fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per out-of-state vehicle will apply.
For more information, persons may contact Vicki Basman at (317) 234-4926 or vbasman@dnr.IN.gov.