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Venus takes center stage in upcoming rare sky show

3:30 AM, Jun 1, 2012   |    comments
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LOS ANGELES -- Mark your calendars. Venus is about to crawl across the face of the sun.

If you miss it, the next time this will happen will be 105 years from now -- in 2117.

It's called a "transit of Venus" and it occurs Tuesday in the Western Hemisphere and Wednesday in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Venus will appear as a black spot gliding across the disk of the sun. Don't stare directly at the sun or you may damage your eyes.

The entire transit will be visible from the western Pacific, eastern Asia and eastern Australia.

People in North America, Central America and part of South America will see some of it before sunset. Europe, western and central Asia, eastern Africa and western Australia will catch the tail end after sunrise.

The Associated Press

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