Venus crosses paths with the sun in a rare event — good for eclipse glasses biz

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The Transit of Venus Tuesday passes like a black dot across the sun’s surface, but you won’t want to look directly at the light, because it could hurt your eyes.

Mark Margolis owns Rainbow Symphony, a manufacturing company in Reseda that supplies eclipse viewing glasses to planetariums and science museums, including Los Angeles's Griffith Observatory.

He says he doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar shop, and mostly sells online. But Margolis welcomes customers to his building, where they can pick up glasses hot off the presses for about a buck a pair.

"I think today we’ve already had at least 50 people, if not more," said Margolis, "but I have to tell you, this has been a steady parade of people for the last almost six weeks just walking in and purchasing anywhere from one pair to hundreds of pairs."

Margolis says that for almost a year he made thousands of extra glasses in anticipation of the solar eclipse a couple of weeks back and Tuesday's Transit of Venus. You can watch it starting at 3 p.m. until sundown.

Mark Margolis is the father of "Madeleine Brand Show" producer Jacob Margolis.

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