Transit of Venus in view at Emmet County Dark Sky Park

The Transit of Venus will be visible Tuesday and there are several free programs and opportunities to safely view the phenomenon.

The Transit of Venus is a rare event where the planet Venus makes two 6-hour trips across the sun. The first happened in 2004, and after this Tuesday, it won't happen again until 2117.

The Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Emmet County are planning several events for safe viewing of the transit on Tuesday. Events include an informational presentation by the Dark Sky Park Program Director, telescopes, solar shields, and photo equipment, a Diversity Hunt for 4th-7th grade children, Beach Botany for adults, and a sunset ceremony. There will be many other fun activities.

The trio, Simple Gifts, will be playing throughout the event.

For more reservations and more information about the event, contact The Headlands by calling (231) 436-4051 or by emailing

If you can't make it to Emmet County, but would like to experience the transit, NASA will be doing a live webcast from Hawaii during the event. Click here for more information and to watch the webcast.