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Venus-Sun crossing provides once-in-a-lifetime view

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Venus-Sun crossing provides once-in-a-lifetime view


All over the world, tens of thousands of people have been looking at the sky to see how the Venus passes the sun. They are taking advantage of a unique opportunity – the next Venus transit will happen more than 100 years from now.

“It’s obviously a big day for all astronomers, because it’s not only a big event, it also gives us even a lot of scientific information.

“It’s the kind of knowledge that we had already used in the past, to measure the distance of the earth from the sun. Once it was very important,” explained Ulrich Kohler from Germany’s Deutschen Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt.

Seen as a small dot on the sun as it passes, the rare spectacle attracted not only scientists.

Australia was a particularly good place for spotting the once in a lifetime event. Lots of people in Sydney turned out to observe the phenomenon, but not everyone was impressed, including one young boy who said: “You could just see a faint orange dot and then there was a little black dot on it. You could only just half see it, but yeah.”

However, amateur stargazers keen on seeing the Venus-Sun crossing are being warned of the dangers of looking directly at the sun without special eye protection.

Also read: Observing the transit of Venus 2012

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