Watch the planet Venus transit the Sun through specially equipped telescopes at Bay Creek Park in Grayson/Loganville, GA.

This is a once in a lifetime event, so don't miss it!

Volunteers will have specially equipped telescopes set up near the soccer field at 5:30 p.m.  The transit begins at 6:01 p.m.  We expect to be able to observe the transit until approximately 7 p.m. at which time the Sun will be obscured by trees on the horizon.

Date: Tuesday, 6/5/2012

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Bay Creek Park Grayson/Loganville, GA, 175 Ozora Road, Loganville, GA 30052

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Watch the planet Venus transit the Sun through specially equipped telescopes at Bay Creek Park in Grayson/Loganville, GA.

This is a once in a lifetime event, so don't miss it!

Volunteers from the Charlie Elliot Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club will have specially equipped telescopes set up near the soccer field at 5:30 p.m.  The transit begins at 6:01 p.m.  We expect to be able to observe the transit until approximately 7 p.m. at which time the Sun will be obscured by trees on the horizon.


Location Details

Bay Creek Park Grayson/Loganville, GA

175 Ozora Road

Loganville, GA 30052

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Event Log
Name of Primary Presenter/Organizer: Steven Siedentop
Presenter's Profession: Software Developer
Event Type: Community Event
Number of club members participating as presenters: 5
Toolkit Used:
   Our Magnetic Sun
Topics Covered:
   Phases & Eclipses
   Size/Distance Scales
   Solar System
   Sun
Total number of visitors: 350
What materials were handed out?
We handed out resources from the SDO, including 300 pairs of solar viewing glasses.
Comments and anecdotes about the event:
The Sun is a star, so technically it was a star party...we just looked at only one star. The Venus Transit was widely publicized in the media, which brought a large crowd. We also had a good amount of foot traffic from the baseball games taking place next to us in Bay Creek Park. We had heavy cloud cover until just before 6:30 p.m., at which time it lifted quickly. We were then graced with a clear view of the Western sky until the sun went behind the trees. We had refracting and reflecting scopes with white light filters available to the public, one hydrogen alpha scope, and even a sun funnel. The sun funnel was the biggest hit. Fortunately it didn't catch fire, but my yellow filter was counted as a casualty after it cracked due to the heat. Everyone was fascinated by the Sun and watched with great enthusiasm as the planet Venus appeared to move across the Sun. It was a great opportunity for outreach for astronomy in general and particularly for the club. I expect we'll see some new members and more visitors over the next several months.