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Transit of Venus: Once in a lifetime celestial event

Transit of Venus: Once in a lifetime celestial event

The passage of planet Venus across the face of Sun is once in a life time celestial event and many viewed it in India. Special arrangements were made for the people to watch the transit of Venus as watching it with naked eyes is injurious. People were also keen in viewing the visible sunspots. The next Venus transit is expected to happen after 117 years.

The planet Venus made a slow transit across the face of the sun today, the last such passing that will be visible from Earth for 105 years. Transits of Venus happen in pairs, eight years apart, with more than a century between cycles. During the pass, Venus took the form of a small black dot slowly shifting across the northern hemisphere of the sun.

Tuesday’s transit, completing a 2004-2012 pair, began at 6.09 pm EDT (2209 GMT).

Skywatchers on seven continents, including Antarctica, were able to see all or part of the transit. Even astronauts aboard the , International Space Station joined in the spectacle.

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