ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- The transit of Venus is a once in a lifetime event, and it can be seen today (Tuesday) in several different St. Louis areas, weather permitting.
Tuesday will be the last chance for the St. Louis area to view this rare sight- Venus slowly crossing the face of the sun. It will not be visible again until 105 years from now- in 2117.
The transit of Venus can be seen from much of the Earth. The nearly 7-hour show can be seen entirely from the western Pacific, eastern Asia and eastern Australia. Other parts of the globe will catch portions of the transit.
As in a solar eclipse, do not look directly at the sun or a serious eye injury can occur. Most areas that will be open to the public to view the transit will have protective eyewear.
St. Louis Center and the St. Louis Astronomical Society at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park will be open to the public to view the transit. The event will be Tuesday 5 p.m. to sunset (8:30 p.m.). The event is free, and they will have some safe ways to view the transit.
The Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Department of Physics will have an observation session of the 2012 transit of Venus Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. and continues until sundown. It will be at the Roy E. Lee Baseball Field, and is open to the public.
University of Missouri-St. Louis will also invite the public to watch on Tuesday. It will be at the Richard D. Schwartz Observatory on the UMSL campus. Erika Gibb, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at UMSL will be there to answer any Venus transit or general astronomy questions.