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Venus Transit 2004

To astronomers, a transit occurs whenever a small astronomical object passes in front of a larger one. During a transit of Venus, the planet Venus passes directly between the Earth and the Sun.

In the case of Venus, this is a very rare event. The last transit of Venus was in 1882 - so no one alive had seen this rare event before. The transit however, it happends in pairs, eight years apart. The next one will be in June 2012, and Australia will be a good place to watch the event. If you miss the 2012 event you need to wait more than 100 years to see it.

Captain Cook's drawings of the planet Venus transiting the Sun in June 1769

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