For the first time in 121 years, Venus will pass directly between Earth and the sun, on 8 June this year. Far rarer than a solar or lunar eclipse, this six-hour event will have stargazers from around the world gripped as the small dark spot of Venus crosses the sun’s disc. Join scientists, astronomers and explorers in a series of free Darwin Centre Live events exploring the scientific, social and historical importance of this special phenomenon.
The Transit of Venus
Monday 7 June, 14.30
Join Natural History Museum cosmochemist Monica Grady and history of science researcher Bob Bloomfield to explore the science and history of this important planetary event.
The Transit of Venus – Live!
Tuesday 8 June, 11.30
Join Museum cosmochemist Monica Grady and history of science researcher Bob Bloomfield to watch and discuss this important planetary event live as it happens.
Wednesday 9 June, 14.30 and Friday 11 June, 14.30
Join Museum planetary scientist Sara Russell as she unveils the geology of Venus and tell the story of some of the missions to explore the brightest planet in our skies.
Facts about the transit of Venus
Darwin Centre Live in the GlaxoSmithKline Studio at the Natural History Museum is a free programme of informal events where visitors can talk to scientists, hear more about their work at the Museum and around the world and see the fascinating specimens they work with. For further information, please contact the Natural History Museum by calling 020 7942 5000 or visit www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre/live .
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Notes for Editors
Venue: Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Dates: Monday 7 to Friday 11 May
Public enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Entry: free to all
GENERAL MUSEUM VISITOR INFORMATION
The Natural History Museum is open Monday - Saturday 10.00-17.50, Sunday-11.00-17.50
The Natural History Museum's public enquiries telephone number is 020 7942 5000
The Museum is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
For access details telephone 020 7942 5000
Entry to the Museum: FREE
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Issued May 2004