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May 29, 2012
RELEASE 12-049
Local Media Invited to NASA Goddard for Transit of Venus Event

GREENBELT, Md. – Local media are invited to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's public event on June 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. EDT to celebrate the Transit of Venus. The event will be held at the NASA Goddard Visitor Center, located just off Greenbelt Road in Greenbelt, Md.

This extremely rare astronomical event, whereby the planet Venus transits across the sun, will be viewable the evening of June 5 on the east coast of North America beginning about 6:03 p.m. EDT.

The NASA Goddard Visitor Center is going all out, hosting a watch party that will include near real-time images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory mission, live coverage of the event from numerous locations, presentations by NASA experts, hands-on activities for children of all ages, and viewing opportunities of the transit via solar telescopes.

Local media interested in attending our "watch party" at the Visitor Center that evening should contact Susan Hendrix or Nancy Jones. But hurry! If you don't catch this transit, you'll have to wait until the year 2117.

For new Venus Transit animations and visuals, visit:


For more information about the Goddard Visitor Center event, visit:


For more information about the Transit of Venus and live coverage, visit:



Susan Hendrix / Nancy Neal Jones
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
301-286-7745 / 0039
susan.m.hendrix@nasa.gov / nancy.n.jones@nasa.gov

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