Minnesota State University Moorhead and the F-M Astronomy Club will host two sun-related events on MSUM’s campus May 20 and June 5. The events are free and open to the public.

Eclipse Sunset
Date: Sunday, May 20
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: MSUM Parking Lot V-5

See a rare celestial event, a partial solar eclipse in which the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, blocking more than 50 percent of it during sunset on Sunday, May 20. We will have telescopes and special equipment for safely viewing the solar eclipse. In the event of cloudy weather, we will have short half-hour presentations in the MSUM Planetarium (Bridges Hall 167) about solar eclipses.

Venus Transit
This event won’t happen again for another 105 years!

Date: Tuesday, June 5
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: MSUM Parking Lot V-5 (On the corner of 6th Avenue South and 11th Street South)

See an event more rare than a solar eclipse! On June 5, the planet Venus will pass in front of the Sun, partially blocking the Sun’s light. Astronomers all over the world will be watching this event, something that will not happen again until December 2117! We will have telescopes and special equipment for safely viewing the planet Venus as it crosses the Sun’s bright face. If it’s cloudy, we will have a webcast from Hawaii broadcast in the MSUM Planetarium (Bridges Hall 167).

Information about the events is also available on the Facebook page of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club: http://www.facebook.com/fmastronomy.