Wed, June 06, 2012
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Century's chance to see Venus transit Sun

2012-06-06 02:45:47 GMT2012-06-06 10:45:47(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Photo taken on June 6, 2012 shows the plant Venus is on its transit of the Sun in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and the earth, a transit that will not occur again until 2117. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)

Photo taken on June 6, 2012 shows the plant Venus is on its transit of the Sun in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and the earth, a transit that will not occur again until 2117. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)

Photo taken on June 6, 2012 shows the plant Venus is on its transit of the Sun in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and the earth, a transit that will not occur again until 2117. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)

Photo taken on June 6, 2012 shows the plant Venus is on its transit of the Sun in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and the earth, a transit that will not occur again until 2117. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)

Photo taken on June 6, 2012 shows the plant Venus is on its transit of the Sun in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and the earth, a transit that will not occur again until 2117. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)

One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and the earth, a transit that will not occur again until 2117.

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