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Public Observing Sessions for
the Transit of Venus

Don't miss this historic rendezvous! In many areas, amateur astronomers will be setting up telescopes on the morning of June 8, and will host public observing sessions: why not join them on this very special occasion? The following information was supplied by the groups involved and is subject to change without notice. Please note that these events may be cancelled in case of poor weather.

In Montréal

The Société d'astronomie du Planétarium de Montréal, in collaboration with the Montreal Planetarium, will welcome the public between 5:00 and 7:30 a.m. on Sherbrooke Street East (south side), on the lawn overlooking the Olympic Tower, facing the entrance to the Insectarium parking lot. Astronomical instruments will be available for public viewing. Access from Viau metro station, walk around the base of the Olympic Tower and climb the hill. Or take Bus #185 Sherbrooke and get off at parc Maisonneuve. Metered parking lot across Sherbrooke St. from the viewing area.
Information: Planétarium de Montréal (514-872-4530,

In Québec City

Club Véga de Cap-Rouge and other astronomical societies of the Québec City area will welcome the public on the Plains of Abraham, near Martello Tower number 1, between 4:30 and 7:00 a.m. on June 8. Instruments and explanations of the phenomenon on site.
Contact: Philippe Moussette (

In Bonaventure (Gaspé Peninsula)

The Club d'astronomie de la Baie des Chaleurs will set up instruments and welcome the public next to the tourist information kiosk located near the Bonaventure Museum, just a few steps from the shoreline. From 3 a.m. (sunrise occurs at 4:21 a.m.) until 7:30 a.m. 8" Telescope with solar filter; webcam; mylar-filtered Sun viewing spectacles available; explanation of the phenomenon using a laptop computer.
Cost: $5 (including a pair of Mylar glasses)
Contact: Gino Audet (418-534-3075 after 6 p.m.,

In Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! (Lower St. Lawrence)

Aster, la Station scientifique du Bas-Saint-Laurent, (59, chemin Bellevue, Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!) invites the population to view the transit between 5 and 7:30 a.m. on June 8. 14-inch Meade telescope with solar filter. To reach the Station, take highway 185 (between Rivière-du-Loup and New Brunswick) and follow the signs.
Contact: Dominique Bellemare (418-854-2172, Fax 418-854-1898,

In Laval

The Club des astronomes amateurs de Laval will welcome the public at the Laval Astronomical Observatory, located in the Centre de la Nature, 825 rue du Parc, (St-Vincent de Paul) Laval. (Refer to the CAAL website for directions.) Between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. on June 8. Animation; explanation of the phenomenon; tour of the Observatory. Bring your camera so you can take a photograph of the phenomenon through a telescope! Activity cancelled if the sky is overcast.
Contact: Jean-Marc Richard (450-661-9390,

In Sherbrooke

The Club des astronomes amateurs de Sherbrooke will also welcome the public on June 8 for the transit of Venus. Place and time to be announced: Refer to the CAAS website for further details.
Contact: Robert Véronneau (

In Saint-Augustin (Mirabel)

The Club d'astronomie de Boisbriand will welcome the public at Observatoire Céphée, a private observatory located at 19096 chemin du Grand-Saint-Charles, in Saint-Augustin (Mirabel). Between 5:00 and 7:30 a.m. on June 8. Telescopes with solar filters; explanation of the phenomenon. Activity cancelled if the sky is overcast.
Contact: Luc Béland (450-430-4732,


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