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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

VENUS CROSSING
up, icarus, up!
You'd think that planets would glide across the face of the Sun all the time. I mean, they all have their orbits, so depending on where you're sitting in this Solar System--for instance, Jupiter's got to be a primo viewing spot--it should be a pretty common occurrence.

I guess it isn't, though; at least for certain planets, and the view of such from Earthside. Early this morning EST, Venus put on the transit show for us Terrans, an event that last was viewable in 1882. As you can see from the BBC's writeup, it's traditionally had a good bit of historical significance to it.

As you also can tell from the above photo, apparently there's a gargantuan, planet-sized space bird in Venus' vicinity. No astronomical records on how often that occurs.