A Venus transit occurs when the planet appears to cross the solar disk from our point of view. Humans won’t see another of these events for 105 years. That being the case, the staff of Astronomy thought this was the time to conduct a solar observing session for the KPC staff, their families, and even some friends. So, we set up five telescopes in the parking lot, affixed our solar filters, and had several hours of fun gawking at a black circle moving across the disk of our daytime star.
Thanks to Liz Kruesi for organizing the event; to Liz, Rich Talcott, Bill Andrews, and my wife, Holley, for operating telescopes; to Karri Ferron for providing information and support (including step stools) to the many visitors we had; to Tom Ford for acting as the official KPC photographer; and to Jim Klappenbach and the rest of KPC’s Office Services department for all the help they provided. Let’s do it again in 2117!