KZN best for Venus transit

2012-06-05 14:30
This 2004 file photo shows the transit of Venus, which occurs when the planet Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun, as pictured in Hong Kong. (Vincent Yu, AP)

This 2004 file photo shows the transit of Venus, which occurs when the planet Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun, as pictured in Hong Kong. (Vincent Yu, AP)

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Durban - The planet Venus will cross between Earth and the sun on Wednesday in a rare astronomical event, according to a report.

The event would be partially visible from parts of South Africa, but those living on the KwaZulu-Natal coast would have the best view.

The Daily News reported on Tuesday that the phenomenon has only happened six times in recorded history.

"This is a very exciting time because the last time this event happened, scientists around the world used it as a way to measure our solar system," said spokesperson Prashina Kallideen of the University of KwaZulu-Natal cosmology research unit.

The next time Venus crosses the face of the sun will be in December 2117.

Kallideen said those who wanted to watch it would need to use eclipse glasses to avoid damaging their eyes.
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