Cancelled – early morning opportunity to see the transit of Venus

Cancelled – early morning opportunity to see the transit of Venus

An early morning event at the University of Aberdeen to let amateur astronomers see the planet Venus transit across the sun has been cancelled due to the weather forecast.

The University had planned to host a special viewing event in the institution’s new library tomorrow (June 6) at 4.20am, if the weather had been favourable.

However the weather forecast for tomorrow means the chances of seeing the transit are very slim.

Dr Ken Skeldon, Head of Public Engagement at the University of Aberdeen, has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the event. He said: “We did our level best to bring this unique spectacle to a general public audience but unfortunately the Scottish weather has not played ball.”

However a talk about the event is still taking place tonight (June 5).

Dr John Reid, previously of the University's physics department, will be giving a talk entitled Transit of Venus: The Last in our Lifetime in Aberdeen Maritime Museum. The talk begins at 6.30pm and booking for it is essential by calling 01224 337714.

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