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GTCC to offer ‘Transit of Venus’ viewing on Tuesday

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Venus and the sun (AP)

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — GTCC will offer a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the Transit of Venus at its observatory on campus on Tuesday. 

The famed transit of Venus will be viewable on Tuesday. The college is offering the opportunity to see the rare event at the Cline Observatory at Guilford Technical Community College.

The next occurrence of this phenomenon is expected to take place 2117.

The college will provide filtered telescopes in the GTCC parking lot and local astronomers will be on hand to explain the event.

A transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, becoming visible against (and hence obscuring a small portion of) the solar disk.

During a transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun. The duration of such transits is usually measured in hours (the transit of 2004 lasted six hours).