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June 2004

Chris Gainor

Last summer we had Mars on our minds. Right now we are hearing a lot about our other planetary next-door neighbour, Venus. On June 8, the day before our regular June meeting, the first transit of Venus since 1882 is taking place.

This spring, Venus was high in the evening sky and gave us views of a sharp crescent as it moved toward its rare celestial rendezvous with the Sun. Unfortunately, this historic transit isn't visible from Victoria, but fear not.

The next transit of Venus, on June 6, 2012, will be visible from Victoria, although it will still be in progress as the Sun sets that day. If the weather frustrates us on that day, the wait for the next transit will extend until 2117.

Although we can't do anything about Venus except catch a plane, the Victoria Centre and our friends on the South Island have a full round of summer activities. The night after our monthly meeting, our friends at the Centre of the Universe will be celebrating their third birthday with a barbecue on Thursday June 10 starting at 7. Bring a side dish and your scopes.

Speaking of the CU, our observers group will have a meeting with Jacqueline Porter, the CU's new manager, on Tuesday June 29 starting at 7:30 p.m. And of course we will have our regular Saturday evening observing sessions on top of Little Saanich Mountain.

The RASC General Assembly this year is as far away as it can be from Victoria � St. John's, Newfoundland. I look forward to hearing our national rep David Lee report on this meeting. And remember that the 2005 GA will take place on the Victoria Day weekend in Kelowna.

On the weekend of July 23, the Cowichan Valley Starfinders are hosting their annual Island Star Party at the Victoria Rod and Gun Club near the Malahat Summit. Great observing, great food, great prizes and even better people. Don't miss it!

In August, the Victoria Centre will hold its annual picnic at Pearson College in Metchosin. Keep an eye on the website for the date and time.

In September, we will pick up our regular monthly meetings, and end the summer with the RASC Star party the weekend of September 17 at the Victoria Rod and Gun Club.

Finally, we are still working on the matter of an observing site for the Victoria Centre. I hope you have filled out the questionnaire on observing sites that went out with the May Skynews. Please fill in this important survey and send it in to me, vice-president Bruno Quenneville, or Observing Site Committee chair Dave Bennett.

This summer, let's get out on clear nights and enjoy the wonders of the skies. I hope to see you at many of our summer observing events.

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