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Rachel Shepard of Los Angeles reacts to seeing the Venus Transit Tuesday at the UND Observatory west of Grand Forks. Herald photo by Eric Hylden.

Rare look at transit of Venus seen at UND observatory

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The rarest planetary occurrence was observed Tuesday, and many caught a glimpse of it as UND showed off its observatory southwest of Grand Forks.


The transit of Venus takes place every 105 years when Venus aligns between the sun and Earth for about seven hours. The UND astronomy team opened the observatory to the public from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to view the event, providing solar telescopes and special glasses.

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