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Venus transit viewing at Crane Observatory, June 5

Your last chance to watch Venus cross the face of the sun until 2117. This rare event, known as a transit of Venus, can be viewed at from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 at Crane Observatory, Stoffer Science Hall, and Washburn University. The observatory is free and open to the public and viewing is weather permitting.

Venus transits occur in pairs that are eight years apart, but these dual events take place less than once per century. The last Venus transit viewing happened in 2004.

The Zenas Crane Observatory opened in 1903 and houses an 1898 Warner & Swasey refracting telescope.

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Mark Smith, (785) 670-2264

Amanda Hughes, university relations, (785) 670-2153