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Skywatchers Prepare For Rare Transit Of Venus

06/04/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File
The planet Venus, black spot, crossing the sun is photographed through a telescope in this June 8, 2004 file photo. On June 5, Venus will pass across the face of the sun, producing a silhouette that no one alive today will likely see again.

Venus passes between the earth and the sun every 19 months. But transits of Venus - where the planet is visible as a tiny black dot slowly crossing the sun - are rare. And this Tuesday, June 5th, the transit of Venus will be visible from North America, for a few hours just before sunset. It's a sighting that won't happen again for 105 years. We talk to Mark Breen, Eye on the Sky Meteorologist and director of the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium at the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury about the astronomy and the historical significance of the transit of Venus, and about how and where to view it safely.

Also on the program, we talk to VPR's Steve Zind about efforts to attract new jobs to the Northeast Kingdom, and revive what is currently one of the most economically depressed areas in the state.  His report is part of VPR's week-long series Kingdom Comeback.



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Related Links

Transit of Venus information and resources SpaceWeather.com Stellafane Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium Live Venus Transit Webcasts via NASA Sky & Telescope Magazine Information on Transit of Venus viewing at Middlebury
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