The Transit of Venus is TODAY!

Watching the Transit of Venus at Central Library

Well, sadly the weather may be stopping us from seeing the Transit of Venus as it happens here in Wellington today – but all is not lost.

Come into Central Library today and see the transit streaming live from the NASA website by the display on the 1st floor.  You can also meet and ask questions with members from the Wellington Astronomical Society who are available until around 2pm to talk with people who are interested in the transit or astronomy generally.

So do come and take a look if you’re passing by – this is still the last opportunity in our lifetime to see the Transit of Venus and join in with thousands of people all around the world who will also be watching at the very same moment.

And you can still also see displays about the Transit of Venus on the 1st and 2nd floors at Central Library at the moment, including items from our Rare Book Collection such as an original copy of Sydney Parkinson’s journal of Captain Cook’s voyage to Tahiti to specifically observe the 1769 transit (before he then further explored the Pacific, including New Zealand).  And check out our Science popular topic page with links to books and good websites with more information about the Transit of Venus too.