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Join us below at 3 pm Eastern on Tuesday (June 5) for a live 30-minute online chat with SA Editor George Musser, who will discuss the transit of Venus occurring later that evening. We invite you to post chat questions in advance in the comments below.
On June 5 in the Americas and June 6 in the rest of the world, people will be able to see one of the rarest predictable events in astronomy: a solar transit of the planet Venus. Over a six-hour period the disk of Venus will be silhouetted against the sun. Seeing it safely requires a special eye-protection filter, or a telescope or binoculars can safely project an image onto a wall or sheet of paper. But if you miss it, your next chance won’t come until the year 2117.