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Transit of Venus Family Event at the Challenger Learning Center
Transit of Venus Family Event at the Challenger Learning Center
On June 5, 2012 at sunset on the East Coast, the planet Venus will make its final trek across the face of the sun as seen from Earth until the year 2117. Beginning at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, June 5, Challenger Learning Center of Maine is hosting a free event as part of its "Expanding Your Understanding" series, giving attendees the opportunity to view the Transit of Venus and to participate in astronomy related activities. "At 6:30 we will have several NASA astronomy activities at the Challenger Center for family members of all ages to enjoy, geared toward this once in a lifetime event with the transit of Venus. Then, weather permitting, we will take a journey across the solar system along our scale model walk, joining up with the Penobscot Valley Stargazers at a location in our neighborhood," states Jennifer Therrien, Center Coordinator. "The Stargazers will have their special sun spotting equipment available for live viewing of the transit. As the sky darkens, folks will be able to see Venus on its ingress across the sun."


For over 100 years the main quest of astronomers was to pin down the distance between Earth and the Sun (the Astronomical Unit), which would give them a key to the size of the solar system. Careful studies of the transit of Venus became the gold mine they would harvest to reveal this measure. "If the weather will not permit local viewing, we will view the transit through a live broadcast in Hawaii," adds Susan Jonason, Executive Director. "Rain or shine, this will be a fun evening for families to share at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine."


To help plan, please call 990-2900 x1 and leave a message with the number of adults and children who will be attending. Space is limited.


About the Challenger Learning Center of Maine:

The Challenger Learning Center of Maine is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides challenging, interdisciplinary, relevant educational experience for the children of Maine, in order to raise student aspirations, to improve educational achievement in mathematics and the science arts, and to inspire interest in science and technology careers. Use this area to provide your subscribers information about your school.





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