A week Tuesday Venus will transit across the sun for the second and last time this century. For those in North America it will happen on June 5 at sunset. Through the rest of the world, save for South America and western Africa that will not see the transit, it will take place on June 6 either at sunrise or during the day depending on your location (see the bellow map for details).
As with a solar eclipse, you will need proper eye protection to watch the transit of Venus. Solar eclipse glasses or #14 welder’s goggles (no other number will do) will work great for the transit, but if you can watch it through a telescope or binoculars with a proper solar filter you will benefit from being able to see things up close. In Winnipeg you can purchase solar eclipse glasses from The Manitoba Museum Shop for $2 each.
When choosing a location to see the transit, make sure to find a location with a clear view of the western horizon. If you can scout out the location a couple days before the transit to check the path of the sun and find a good viewing location.
If you are unfortunate enough to b in a location that won’t be in view of the transit, you can watch it on NASA TV. In Manitoba if you don’t have a pair of solar glasses or access to a filtered telescope you can watch the transit take place on Shaw TV, who will be broadcasting the transit with The Manitoba Museum.
Transit Times For Select Cities in Canada
|St John’s||19:33:11 NDT||19:50:53||20:54|
*Yellowknife will see the whole transit. Egress starts (Contact III) at 22:32 and ends (Contact IV) at 22:49.
You can also check with your local chapter of the RASC to see if there will be public viewings near you.