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The Madeleine Brand Show for June 4, 2012




A file photo of the planet Venus, black spot, crossing the sun. It was photographed through a telescope at Planetarium Urania in Hove, Belgium, in June 2004. On June 5, 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.
A file photo of the planet Venus, black spot, crossing the sun. It was photographed through a telescope at Planetarium Urania in Hove, Belgium, in June 2004. On June 5, 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.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

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