Thousands Gather to Watch Transit of Venus
More than 2,500 residents observed the transit of Venus yesterday, which his considered a rare astronomical phenomenon since the next one will be on 2117. The Shenzhen National Astronomical Observatory set up four observation posts for crowds interested in viewing the phenomenon.
The observation spots were placed in Xichong, Shenzhen Meteorological Observatory, Bao’an Science Museum and the Shenzhen Science Museum. People gathered in observation spots to witness the transit that started around 6:10 am and lasted more than six hours. The Xichong observatory blog received around 6,000 comments during the seven-hour observation. The popular weblog Sina.com telecast the phenomenon using photographs taken by the Xichong observatory that gathered more than 60,000 visits.
The transit of Venus takes place when the planet passes directly between the sun and Earth. Venus can be seen as a small black disc moving slowly across the face of the sun. crowds consisting of young and old gathered to watch the once in a lifetime sight, since the next Venus transit will be on December 2117 and 2125.