DuPont Planetarium hosts Transit of Venus viewing

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FILE - The planet Venus, black spot, crossing the sun is photographed through a telescope at Planetarium Urania in Hove, Belgium, in this June 8, 2004 file photo. On June 5, 2012, Venus will pass across the face of the sun, producing a silhouette that no one alive today will likely see again. Transits of Venus are very rare, coming in pairs separated by more than a hundred years. This June's transit, the bookend of a 2004-2012 pair, won't be repeated until the year 2117. Fortunately, the event is widely visible. Observers on seven continents, even a sliver of Antarctica, will be in position to see it.
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The DuPont Planetarium at the University of South Carolina Aiken is hosting a special event Tuesday during the Transit of Venus, a rare event when the planet Venus crosses in front of the sun.

Because of dangers associated with looking directly at the sun, the planetarium at the Ruth Patrick Science Center is offering safe viewing opportunities for free. The transit of Venus begins at 6:04 p.m.

The planetarium is also offering a show and free activities related to the transit at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. The DuPont Planetarium is located at 471 University Parkway, Aiken, S.C. For more information, call (803) 641-3654.


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