Transit means to pass through or across. During Venus’s upcoming transit, the planet will appear to be a little black dot drifting slowly across the face of the sun. It's a spectacle that won’t happen again for another 105 years.
The event is so unique that museums and schools around the world are holding Venus viewing parties for those who want to see the sun with a temporary beauty mark. Even astronauts aboard the International Space Station are planning to watch the event.
Venus is the second planet from the sun between Mercury and Earth. It is about the same size as Earth. Venus appears as one of the brightest objects in the night sky because its thick clouds reflect a lot of sunlight back into space. The transit will last six hours and 40 minutes.
Unlike eclipses, Venus transits are truly rare. They come in pairs with each transit separated by eight years. Each pair is separated by more than 100 years. The last transit occurred in 2004. After this year, the next pair will occur in 2117 and 2125. Many of us alive today will not get to see this event happen ever again.
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