Skywatchers Prepare For Rare Transit Of Venus
06/04/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm  Download MP3
Venus passes between the earth and the sun every 19 months. But transits of Venus - where the planet is visible as a tiny black dot slowly crossing the sun - are rare. And this Tuesday, June 5th, the transit of Venus will be visible from North America, for a few hours just before sunset. It's a sighting that won't happen again for 105 years. We talk to Mark Breen, Eye on the Sky Meteorologist and director of the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium at the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury about the astronomy and the historical significance of the transit of Venus, and about how and where to view it safely.
Also on the program, we talk to VPR's Steve Zind about efforts to attract new jobs to the Northeast Kingdom, and revive what is currently one of the most economically depressed areas in the state. His report is part of VPR's week-long series Kingdom Comeback.