Transit of Venus: see the rare phenomenon that occurs twice every century today

By Justine Espersen

Astronomers and viewers will be able to view Venus as it crosses between the Earth and the sun today. Specifically, viewers will be able to see Venus’s silhouette against the Sun.

Today’s Transit of Venus can be viewed at sunset, 5 p.m., for those on the west coast.

This passage of Venus across the sun can be best viewed with a pair of binoculars or a small telescope, as it will only be covering about 1/32 of the sun’s diameter.

This rare scenario happens two times each century. This is the second and last time this century as the last Transit of Venus occurred in 2004.

The next Transit of Venus will occur in 2117, according to NASA officials.

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