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Transit of Venus happens June 5

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It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event – the transit of Venus – and it happens Tuesday evening, June 5, 2012.

It happens when Venus passes directly between Earth and the sun.  What is visible is a small dark circle that appears to glide slowly across the sun.

Tuesday’s transit of Venus starts at 5:04 p.m. Central time.  Venus will appear at the edge of the sun at that time.  Although it will only be visible until sunset, it takes about seven hours for the transit to complete.

Our weather in the Quad Cities area is expected to be clear for viewing the transit.

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The transit of Venus happens four times every 243 years.  The next transit will be in 2117.

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