The day has finally arrived! We are literally within hours of seeing an event that nobody will witness again for the next 100 years. The cool thing about this event is that it is viewable everywhere in our state, but you need to be SAFE!
Where to see the Venus Transit in the Chicagoland area:
Folks in the Northwest Burbs can be treated to Venusian views from the Hickory Knolls Discovery center in St. Charles Illinois beginning around 5:30pm. Astronomers Rich Wagner from Iskywatch.com / Chicago Astronomers and Erik Ruud of the Chicago Astronomers will be sharing live views both through filtered eyepieces and webcams.
Robb Walker of Onedarksky.com will be setting up at the Elgin U46 Observatory in downtown Elgin. There will be multiple scopes setup and unmagnified solar shades available for a small fee.
The Chicago Astronomers and Chicago Astronomical Society will setup shop at the Adler Planetarium. There will be a serious array of telescopes and video equipment on-site to record the even and share views with the public.
Chicago Astronomer Patrick will set up a Hydrogen Alpha solar scope on the hill at Horner Park to share views with family and friends.
Chicago Astronomer and Conway Observatory Director Paulie will be located at the Conway Observatory in Lowell, Indiana.
If you plan on stopping by to check out the view please abide by the rules laid out by the telescope owners. The equipment being utilized is of scientific nature and should be held with respect. The views being presented today are extremely hazardous to your vision if the rules are not followed!
Please be safe and respect the people around you. This is a once in a lifetime event for most of us so be nice!