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This June 8, 2004, photo taken in Hong Kong shows the transit of Venus, which occurs when the planet Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun. Venus will cross the face of the sun on Tuesday, a sight that will be visible from parts of Earth. This is the last transit for more than 100 years. Vincent Yu, File Photo

Rare chance to see Venus pass in front of the sun

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If you missed the solar eclipse two weeks ago, you may get an even rarer chance this week to see the sun dim when the planet Venus sweeps in front of our home star today. Miss it and the next showing won't be for another 105 years, astronomers say.

"Just knowing that you're seeing something happen that won't be seen by anyone alive today again is a really neat experience," said Holly Gilbert, a solar physicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

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