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In pictures: Venus in transit
On June 6, sky-gazers around the world used telescopes and viewing glasses to watch the planet pass in front of the Sun.
People wait to watch the planet Venus pass in front of the Sun at the Wilhelm-Foerster astronomical observatory in Berlin.
6 Jun 2012
The planet appeared as a small black dot on the massive surface of the sun as it passed directly between the Earth and the centre of the solar system.
In Chennai, India, people wore solar goggles to catch a glimpse of the transit of Venus. It(***)s a rare occurrence: a pair of such events happens every 105.5 or 121.5 years.
At the Nehru Planetarium in Bangalore, India, astronomy enthusiasts watched the transit of Venus through a protective filter to protect their eyes.
Others used welding masks to protect their eyes, such as this student in Manila(***)s Luneta Park, Philippines.
Antony Cernuto came out to windswept Point Dume Beach in Malibu, California, to play guitar on this rare occasion, which will only happen again in 2117.
The last such transit occurred in June 2004.
Across the Middle East, sky-gazers awoke early to watch the transit at sunrise.
Above, Venus(***) transit is viewed from the Martyrs(***) Statue in Beirut, Lebanon.
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