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MSU Transit of Venus Event

On June 5, 2012, the planet Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun. This astronomical event
will be visible in Montana. Image courtesy of NASA.
Image of the Venus transit in 2004. The image was taken through a professional refractor telescope with a special solar filter.


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Please join us!

Date:  Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Time:  4 to 7 pm
Location:  MSU Bobcat Stadium

What is the Transit of Venus?

On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun for the last time in over 100 years. This historic astronomical event will be visible in Bozeman from 4 pm until sunset. The Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), in association with the College of Letters and Science and College of Engineering, is organizing a public event at Bobcat Stadium to celebrate the last transit of Venus in our lifetime.


The event will provide safe solar viewing glasses, telescopes with solar filters, displays from MSU science and engineering students and faculty, as well as educational activities for kids related to the Sun and the Solar System. There will also be activities for kids such as face painting and a bounce house.


Concessions at the Cat Shack will be available.

Tentative Schedule  

3:30 pm  Gates open at Bobcat Stadium (Gate 8, SE side of the stadium)

4:00 pm Welcome address by MSU President Waded Cruzado

4:05 pm The transit starts, first contact (ingress exterior)

4:30 pm Presentation on the Sun-Earth connection by the Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT)   

5:30 pm Presentation on the Transit of Venus by MSU Physics Professor David McKenzie

The Transit of Venus will be visible at Bobcat Stadium even in the case of clouds or rain. A live NASA TV broadcast from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite will be on the big screen at the stadium rain or shine.

Bozeman Transit Times

Ingress exterior (first contact)
June 5

Ingress interior
June 5

Transit center
June 5

Interested in hosting a booth at the event?

Please send the following to Joey Key at

Organization or group
Contact name
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Event Sponsors

Museum of the Rockies
Southwest Montana Astronomical Society
Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT)
MSU Solar Physics
Montana Space Grant Consortium
College of Letters and Science
College of Engineering
XRT X-Ray Telescopes



Southwest Montana Astronomical Society