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Paper: The 2012 Transit of Venus
Volume: 457, Connecting People to Science
Page: 123
Authors: Deans, P.
Abstract: On June 5–6, 2012, much of the world will experience an event that will not occur again for another 105 years—a transit of Venus. During the 18th and 19th centuries, astronomers made arduous trips to remote corners of Earth to make Venus transit observations in an attempt to calculate the Earth-Sun distance. Today a transit of Venus is simply a rare spectacle. But it is important to take care when viewing it, because observing the Sun is dangerous if proper filters for eye protection are not used.
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