Transit of Venus at Varsity Stadium Photo Gallery

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On June 5, thousands gathered at Varsity Stadium to witness the last transit of Venus they would see in their lifetimes. Every visitor received a pair of free transit-viewing glasses and watched from the stands as the planet started moving across the face of the Sun at 6:04pm. Visitors also viewed the event through telescopes set up on the track and on the Jumbotron via live feeds from around the world–and from the university’s own 8″ refractor telescope. U of T astronomers, postdocs and grad students were on hand to answer questions. There were planetarium shows, a free public talk–even the performance of one act from Canadian playwright Maureen Hunter’s “The Transit of Venus.” The event was organized by the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics and many partners within the university, and surpassed everyone’s expectations. (All photographs Dunlap Institute unless otherwise noted.)