Venus will move between the Earth and the Sun on June 5, in what’s known as the transit of Venus.
The public can observe this rare cosmic event at the University of Manitoba. Special viewing glasses will be given to attendees on the U of M’s Fort Garry campus.
The transit will begin at around 5:04 p.m. CT and won’t happen again until 2117.
All events will take place at University College. Parking is free on campus after 4:30 p.m., with parking in Lot B being recommended. Visit UManitoba.ca to see a full sheet of planned events.
The Manitoba Museum will also allow the public to view the transit up close at Assiniboine Park on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Winnipeg Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Planetarium will have safely-filtered telescopes set up to view the transit. To celebrate, the museum’s Planetarium will offer a special transit of Venus version of its live show, “Manitoba Skies,” at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday leading up to the event.