Venus traverses across the face of the Sun

In a rare but inevitable celestial event, the second planet of the solar system travelled across the face of the Sun appearing as a black dot this morning across Asian and South Asian countries. Sky gazers across China, Korea and India took to the roofs and streets as they caught the sight of the event through blank photographic films, telescopes and reflective film glazed glasses. The event is said to occur in pairs stretched across eight years and is separated from another such event that only occurs once in 105 years. The next event is therefore scheduled to take place in 2117.

2209 hours GMT, Venus began its transit across the Sun’s northern hemisphere appearing as a black dot. The transit was carefully followed by astronomers and space scientists across the world who witnessed event through live feeds. Amazed eyes from almost all the seven continents including Antarctica caught a glimpse of Venus’ transit and even the astronauts up in the space shuttle were able to see the planets movement that took place on Tuesday morning and lasted for about 6 hours and 40 minutes. The unique and one of the rarest events, which was expected to become the most photographed celestial event in recent space history provided scientists and astronomers a huge opportunity to understand Venus.

 

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