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St. Cloud State makes viewing of Rare celestial occurrence available to public

St. Cloud State makes viewing of Rare celestial occurrence available to public Click to Enlarge Photo: Terrance Emerson, Photos.com

Jun 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) – The Transit of Venus is a truly out of this world occurrence that happens only once every 100 years, and the St. Cloud State Planetarium is making it possible for everyone to see it.

The transit, created when Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun, happens Tuesday. Venus will look like a black dot crossing the lower half of the Sun in a downward crescent shape.

"We have a telescope on the roof of the Wick science building that will be pointed at it," SCSU physics professor Gary Bohannan said. "We will see it for about two and a half to three hours and it takes about six hours for the entire transit."

The sun will set in Minnesota before the end of the transit, but it will appear during the initial hours of the transit, around 5:08 in the afternoon.

The event at the planetarium is free and open to the public, if you are not able to come down in person, you're in luck because the planetarium is also providing a live stream of the event. For more info and to view it online, just go to knsiradio.com.

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