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DePauw to Help Local Residents View Astronomical Phenomenon

June 2, 2012

"Several Indiana state parks and state recreation areas will host viewing programs for the once-in-a-lifetime Venus transit on June 5," reports Greencastle's Banner-Graphic. Raccoon State Recreation Area, located in Rockville, "is partnering with Dr. Howard Brooks, professor of physics and astronomy, and DePauw University. A shuttle will be provided to DePauw from Raccoon SRA and will depart promptly at 4:45 p.m."

The article notes, "The Venus transit is a rare astronomical event in which Venus passes between the sun and the earth. During the transit, Venus will appear as a small black dot moving slowly across the face of the sun. The next Venus transit is scheduled for 2117."

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Howard Brooks is Paul B. Kissinger Professor of Physics and Astronomy and chair of the physics and astronomy department. Learn more in this previous article.