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Venus Passes in Front of Sun

Thousands around the world had their eyes glued to the sky yesterday, for a view of one of rarest astronomical events of the century - Venus moving across the Sun. While not as dramatic as a solar eclipse, the transit created a lot of interest because no one alive today has seen it - the last time it happened was 122 years ago. And unlike a solar eclipse by the Moon that is over in two or three minutes, Venus transit went on for hours. The six-hour event was visible from Europe, north and east Africa, and most of Asia. Viewers in other parts of the world saw part of the event.

New Scientist June 9, 2004

Wired June 8, 2004

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