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U.Va. hosts viewing event for transit of venus

Monday - 6/4/2012, 3:18am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The planet Venus will pass in front of the sun for the last time in nearly 100 years, and the University of Virginia's astronomy officials are holding a gathering to view the event.

U.Va. astronomers plan to host a transit of Venus viewing event on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to sunset at Darden Towe Park. Astronomer Edward Murphy says there will be several telescopes with solar-viewing filters on hand for people to watch the event, which will begin at 6:10 p.m.

Murphy also warns that viewers risk blindness if they attempt to look at the transit directly _ which essentially is staring at the sun.

The transit will appear as a small black dot against the sun, and will take six hours and 40 minutes.

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