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Rare "Transit of Venus" Can Be Seen Tuesday

Astronomy buffs will have an opportunity to view a rare cosmic event tomorrow.That’s when the planet Venus will pass directly between the sun and Earth.  Such transits occur in pairs eight years apart.  The pairs are separated by gaps of more than 100 years.The last transit of Venus occurred in 2004.  The next one won’t happen until 2117."What will look like a little black dot or a little hole in the sun will begin to cross the sun at 6:04pm and will still be doing so when the sun sets for us in Louisville," says Drew Foster, technical coordinator at the University of Louisville’s Rauch Planetarium. The planetarium will offer solar telescope viewings of the transit and other viewing sites will be set up at the Falls of the Ohio and Bernheim Forest.   A better view of the transit from Hawaii will be webcast on the planetarium dome.The transit can only be seen safely with proper viewing equipment.   (Photo by Jan Herold/Wikipedia)

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.