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Venus watch: Don't look directly, warn experts

June 08, 2004 08:54 IST
Last Updated: June 08, 2004 09:28 IST

The transit of planet Venus across the face of the sun - a rare celestial event - will take place on Tuesday giving sky gazers of several generations a spectacle of a lifetime.

Venus will drift across the face of the Sun, as it passes between the Sun and the Earth. Transits of Venus across the disk of the Sun are among the rarest of planetary alignments. Indeed, only six such events have occurred since the invention of the telescope in 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874 and 1882. The next Venus transit will occur on June 6, 2012.

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The planet will transit across the face of the Sun between 10:46am and 4:51pm, according to Nehru Planetarium Director Piyush Pande.

Sky watchers are warned not to witness the event with the naked eye. Doordarshan will be telecasting the event live.

The website provides instructions for safe viewing; interactive education and hands-on activities; global observing programs for students; background information, insights into historical endeavors and the adventures of explorers, role of spacecraft and the search for extra-solar planets; and miscellaneous items relating to the transit of Venus.

Expecting cloudy skies in Mumbai and nearby areas, amateur astronomers have already moved to areas in Kutch and Rajasthan to witness the rare event despite the fact they have to tolerate hot weather for several hours, Amateur Astronomer Association sources told PTI.

The event can be witnessed using appropriate sun filter or telescopes, or the technique of Solar Projection. "Never look at the sun without the appropriate solar filter," scientists cautioned.

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I read that we will watch it again after 8 yrs in the year 2012.our generation is is more lucky.What is the scientific reason for ...

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see the spectacular view of venus, the women planet, blocking the view of sun from earth, with utmost precaution, that it is a women's planet.

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The stellar spectacle has left the world awed by its spectacular grandeur. It has evoked immense interest across the society.

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Beautiful !!! the venus transit event is being covered by almot all news channels. Doordarshan and vigyan prasar have taken special interest in this event ...

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its really facinating to know that this type of event will occure for a final time in our lives.experts said that watching this event the ...

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