On June 8, sky watchers who are in the right place at the right time will witness an event that hasn't happened since 1882: Venus will drift across the face of the sun, appearing as a black dot against the solar surface (SN: 4/17/04, p. 247: Available to subscribers at Shades of Venus). In the United States, only people on the eastern seaboard have a chance of seeing this transit of Venus, and they'll see only the last 90 minutes of the roughly 6-hour event. However, Venus-struck observers will be broadcasting the transit live over the Internet from Europe, which should have a ringside seat for the entire passage.
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