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2004 June 3


Mr. Byron Spice, Science Editor

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

34 Boulevard of the Allies

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-1200


Dear Mr. Spice:


As I am sure you are aware, there will be a very rare astronomical event occurring in the early morning, just after sunrise, on June 8: the Transit of the Planet Venus across the image of the surface of the Sun.


Friends of the Zeiss has teamed-up with The Duquesne Incline to provide Western Pennsylvania residents with a venue to view this rare event safely, using an 8-inch Celestron reflector telescope. Due to the early nature of the event in the Pittsburgh area, observing of this event from a high altitude is very advantageous. So, we are thrilled that The Duquesne Incline has agreed to allow use of their Mount Washington observation deck for public viewing of this event.


Enclosed is a copy of the news release we have issued, regarding this event.


We would appreciate it if you could publicize this event, on your Monday Science page of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


And, we hope you will be able to join us for this historic observing session on June 8. As I mention in the news release, the best viewing will probably occur between 6:15 and 7:00 a.m.


Sincerely yours,




Glenn A. Walsh

Project Director






Copy:     David Miller, President, The Duquesne Incline