Watch Rare 2012 Venus Transit from GC’s ‘Transit of Venus’ Sculpture Today!

'Transit of Venus,' located next to Giddings Hall, is part of the Live.Learn.Believe Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition that still dots the Georgetown College campus.

Georgetown, KY (June 5) – What better vantage point to watch this afternoon’s astrological phenomenon – the Venus transit – than from an outdoor sculpture on the campus of Georgetown College known as “Transit of Venus.” Better hurry, though, as viewers in the North America hemisphere will see Venus start to cross the sun late this afternoon…and the sun will set before the planet has finished its transit.

“Transit of Venus” – just to the right of Giddings Hall, if you are facing the main administration building – is one of the pieces still on display from the College’s Live.Learn.Believe Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition of 2007. Sculptor Robert Huff, a professor of art at University of Akron (OH), created this work of  limestone, red sandstone, steel and gravel in ’04 in response to this rare alignment – the planet Venus passing in front of the sun as seen from Earth – which occurs in an alternating pattern of 120 years and 8 years.

The previous transit happened in June 2004 pairing with this year’s transit. According to Dateline News, the last pair happened on December 9, 1874 and December 6, 1882; the next pair is scheduled to happen on December 11, 2117 and on December 8, 2125.

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