SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Venus transit occurs tonight beginning around 4pm and as with a solar eclipse, it is extremely important that prospective viewers take special precautions to view the silhouette of Venus against the sun.
If you have solar filter viewing glasses for the annular eclipse, they will work for the transit. However, if you didn’t get your hands on a pair, you can purchase a pair at the Clark Planetarium for only $2.
Another very safe way to view the transit is with a so-called pinhole camera. To learn how to make your own pinhole camera CLICK HERE
. Do NOT look at the sun directly. Looking at the sun through binoculars or telescope without a special solar filter can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Sunglasses are also considered to be UNACCEPTABLE filters.
A transit occurs when Venus passes directly between the sun and the earth. The most recent transit of Venus was in 2004. The June 5, 2012 transit of Venus will be the last time this event takes place until 2117.
For Venus transit viewing parties in Utah CLICK HERE