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Next month, Venus will cross the sun for the last time in more than 100 years.On June 5 and 6, Venus will appear as a small black dot on the surface of the sun, and won’t be scheduled to appear again until 2117, the Institute of Physics reported.
Using Copernicus’ original 1543 theory, Jay Pasachoff, an astronomer at Williams College, predicted the event for next month. He wrote about the history of the planet in this month’s Physics World.
Here’s an excerpt from the Institute of Physics release:
Pasachoff expects the transit to confirm his team’s theory about the phenomenon called “the black-drop effect” – a strange, dark band linking Venus’s silhouette with the sky outside the Sun that appears for about a minute starting just as Venus first enters the solar disk.
The event, which will last only one minute, will help astronomers find other planets that orbit around the sun, Pasachoff said.
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