Once in a lifetime astronomical event visible over Yellowknife
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The sky above Yellowknife this evening is going to feature something that hasn't occurred in more than 120 years.
Venus is going to be making a pass in front of the Sun beginning at around 4:05 this afternoon and it will be visible for nearly seven hours.
Yellowknife is one of the best places to see the transit and Astronomy North president James Pugsley said this is a once-in-a-lifetime event for everyone to see.
"The last time the transit of Venus was seen above the NWT was in December of 1882 the next time the transit of Venus will be seen above the NWT is the year 2125," said Pugsley.
To prepare for the event, Puglsey said they will have two specially-equipped solar telescopes and some special glasses to view the transit because it's much like an eclipse.
"Any time you are viewing or looking directly at the sun you want to make sure you are using a solar telescope, solar filters or solar viewing glasses. You can use welder’s glass. Number 14 welder’s glass is the only safe kind of welding glass you can use," he said.
You can head on down to Somba K'e Park all evening long to view the event, which will last until around 10:49 June 5th.
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