Members of the public are invited to a talk on "The Transit of Venus and the Scale of the Universe" by ICG member Dr. Karen Masters on Thursday 24th May 2012 at 7.30pm in Dennis Sciama 1.09. This is being hosted by the [https://www.facebook.com/pages/University-of-Portsmouth-Physics-Society/344280898950494 University of Portsmouth Student Physics Society]
Venus will transit the Sun for the last time in over 100 years early in the morning of June 6th 2012. Here you can learn how to safely view the event, and it's significance for our understanding of the scale of the Universe.
The Transit of Venus and the Scale of the Universe
ICG Student Outreach Representative, Dominic Galliano will give the same talk for school children at Portsmouth Grammar School on Friday 25th May, and a similar workshop/talk will take place on board HMS Warrior in the Historic Dockyard on Tuesday 5th June 2012 where Karen and ICG/SEPnet student Hana Schumacher will in addition demonstrate the triangulation method similar to that used in experiments with previous transits to measure the distance to The Spinnaker Tower.
If you are not able to attend any of these events you can still learn more about the topic in this [http://thebeautifulstars.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/transit-of-venus-and-scale-of-universe.html article written by Karen].