Venus makes rare Sun transit

Astronomers have trained their telescopes on the planet Venus as it made a rare trek across the face of the Sun. It will not happen again until 2117.

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Rare sight of Venus passing in front of the sun

One of the rarest astronomical events will take place in the early hours of Wednesday morning when Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth. It won't happen again until 2117.

Stargazers are being warned not to look directly at the sun and to use special glasses to avoid damaging eyesight.

Venus will pass across the face of the sun producing a silhouette Credit: NASA

During the astronomical fly-by Venus appears as a small, dark round spot.

It is due happen at around 5am UK time.

There are more details about what to expect on NASA's website.

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