Transit of Venus happens Tuesday evening

By Trent Aric - Meteorologist

Venus passing between the Earth and the Sun.

MIAMI - Stargazers all over the world are setting up special telescopes and passing out cardboard eclipse glasses to view a once in a lifetime celestial event and that is Venus passing in front of the sun.

The "transit of Venus" as it is called, is a planetary spectacle that won't occur again until December 2117. The last time it happened was in June 2004 as Venus passes directly in between the Sun and Earth in pairs eight years apart in cycles that occur every 105.5 or 121.5 years.

Astrologers note it only occurs in June and December, or during the signs Gemini and Sagittarius.

The Earth's second nearest neighbor won't significantly block the sun's light, but it will give our closest star a moving beauty mark.

The transit of Venus begins at 6:03 p.m. EST and ends at 12:51 a.m. EST, and will be visible from parts of North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It will not be visible from the West Coast of the U.S. Sunny spots in Hawaii, Alaska, eastern Australian and eastern Asia will get the whole show.

It may be tempting, but please do not stare at the sun.  If you want to look at the transit before sunset, you need a special pair of glasses, a telescope with a special filter or a pinhole camera so you do not damage your eyes.

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