Venus to pass before the sun on Tuesday's sunset

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The 2004 transit of Venus.

On Tuesday, June 5, Venus will transit the sun during sunset in Beaufort — and it will be 105 years until it happens again.

From about 6:06 to 8:33 p.m. Venus will cross in front of the sun, appearing as a small black speck — to be sure, you should not look for it without special sun-viewing instruments or shades, and if you do have access to a telescope, that's even better.

If you don't have access to either and particuarly want to see it, the College of Charleston Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a public viewing of the "transit of Venus". — There doesn't appear to be a public event in Savannah. 

The college will have telescopes available to view the planet Venus crossing in front of the sun. Safe solar filters will be given to the first 50 participants to arrive. The public viewing is free and will be held in Rivers Green behind the Addlestone Library on the corner of Calhoun and Coming Streets starting at 6:00 p.m. 

You can also catch a webcast of the event at NASA starting at 5:45 p.m.

For more about the upcoming transit, I'll point you to Ars Technica's report (read it here) and NASA's special webpage for the event (see that here).

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