Come to USM for rare Venus sighting on Wednesday

A RARE astronomical phenomenon, which involves planet Venus appearing across the sun, will occur on Wednesday.

The Venus Transits are dubbed as ‘twice-in-a-lifetime’ events as they only occur twice in 100 years.

The phenomenon will be visible in the skies of Malaysia in the morning of Wednesday.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Astronomy Club academic advisor Dr Chong Hon Yew said observers would see a round black dot — the planet Venus — slowly crossing the disc of the sun.

He told a press conference that the last sighting occurred in June 2004 while the next one would be in December 2117.

He said some 3,000 people had gathered to watch the last Venus Transits at USM through 30 telescopes provided by the university.

USM will once again provide telescopes to view the phenomenon at its Tuanku Fausiah Museum and Gallery, guesthouse and Minden field from 7.30am to 1pm on Wednesday.

Museum and gallery curator Zolkurnian Hassan said they would also held various activities.

“We’ll hold an exhibition and talk on the event as well as photography and drawing compe-titions.

“There will also be planetarium shows, solar filters and pinhole demonstrations, water rockets, soap bubbles, a wayang kulit (shadow play) performance and batik art activities,” he said.

Details, call Dr Chong (016-3157318), Nurul Fatini Jaafar (012-4139153) or Nurul Ashikin Shuib (012-5115559).

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