Jun 6, 2012

Pubcasting stations' transit of Venus webcast attracts 436,000 worldwide

The June 5 live webcast of the heavenly transit of Venus by pubstations WPBT2 in Miami, Las Vegas PBS and KNPB in Reno, was an "astronomical success," the stations said, attracting more than 436,000 viewers worldwide from as far away as Australia and Japan.

Viewers chatted with Bill Dishong, series producer for WPBT2's Star Gazers, during the rare celestial event, during which Venus moved across the path of the sun, from 6 to 11 p.m. Eastern.

The webcast was initially planned to originate at KNPB, but the transit wasn't visible there due to weather conditions. Las Vegas PBS, contacted at the last minute, agreed to host the event.

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