04
June
2012
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01:36 AM
America/Los_Angeles

CSUSM Welcomes Community to Highest Peak in San Marcos to View the Transit of Venus

Starting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, physics faculty at CSUSM will welcome the community to observe one of the rarest celestial events through a solar telescope as Venus aligns with Earth and crosses in front of the sun. Known as the Transit of Venus, Tuesday’s viewing is the last chance to see the rare astronomical event until 2117, a 105 years from now. During the transit, Venus appears as a small dot slowly crossing along the sun’s surface.The viewing will begin at 3:30 p.m. atop Double Peak Park in San Elijo Hills (900 Double Peak Drive, off San Elijo Road), the highest elevation point in San Marcos, and continue until sunset. The viewing is subject to weather conditions, as the sun must be visible to observe the transit.    What: Solar Telescope viewing of the Transit of Venus    When: Tuesday, June 5 from 3:30 p.m. to sunset    Where: Double Peak Park in San Elijo Hills    900 Double Peak Drive, located off San Elijo RoadAbout California State University San MarcosCalifornia State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. Eighty-five percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.