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Venus Transit Topic of Free Lecture

2004 January 14


Ventura County Astronomical Society
February Meeting

Contact Person: Carl Ashley, Publicity Chairman
Contact Phone:  (805) 642-5166
Subject: Venus Transit, Across the Sun
Date of event: Friday, February 20, 2004
Time of Event: 7:30 PM
Location of Event: Moorpark College, Forum Auditorium

For recorded information: contact Starline at (805) 520-9666

The Ventura County Astronomical Society (VCAS) will hold it’s monthly membership
meeting on Friday, February 20th at 7:30 PM in the Forum Auditorium on the
Moorpark College campus. The speaker for that evening will be Mr. Joel Harris,
President of Twilight Tours Inc, of Westlake Village, and Trustee of the Orange
County Astronomers. Harris will be speaking on the topic of an even rarer
celestial event than solar eclipses ---- the first transit of the planet Venus
across the disk of our Sun in over 122 years. As the last such transit occurred
back in 1882, no one alive today has ever witnessed a Venusian Transit. Harris
will discuss the history of transits, their astronomical importance, the region
of visibility for this year’s transit, and his plans to personally observe the
event (when it occurs this June 8th ). Mr. Harris, a 30-year amateur astronomer,
published author, and avid solar eclipse “chaser” with some 14 total and 3
annular eclipses to his credit, is a Senior Engineer at Raytheon Corporation, in
El Segundo, CA. Harris has co-written a book on the topic of eclipse observing,
travel, and photography, released in 1994, titled “Chasing the Shadow -  An
Observer’s Guide to Observing Eclipses”.  The public is invited to share in this
educational and enjoyable evening.

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