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  • EMERGENCY AMBULANCE
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    82,317 posts since Feb '08
    • SINGAPORE: Crowds gathered in Singapore on Wednesday morning to witness one of the rarest sights in astronomy.

      From 6.15am, Venus could be seen travelling across the sun as a small black dot.

      Six hours later, the silhouette of the planet slowly made its exit.

      The phenomenon occurs because the orbits of Venus and Earth are aligned with the sun.

      This rare event happens only four times every 243 years.

      The next alignment is expected in 2117.

      As early as 10pm on Tuesday, close to 200 astronomy enthusiasts were camped at a field in the National University of Singapore, armed with telescopes.

      Some 3,000 people gathered at the Singapore Science Centre.

      Associate Professor Phil Chan of the Department of Physics at NUS, said the rare phenomenon can help astronomers look for the existence of other solar systems.

      "During the transit, the sun's rays will not be as strong... (and) we can (use) it to look for extra solar planets," he said.

      - CNA/cc

  • the Bear's Avatar
    149,694 posts since Feb '01
    • i missed this because of a *&$#^ meeting which i didn't have to go to on my day off!! icon_mad.gif

      but.. i'll go to the next one icon_lol.gif

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  • 6u3king's Avatar
    317 posts since May '12
    • dissapointed i was thinking that i will be watching Venus the goddess of love and beauty

  • ^Acid^ aka s|aO^eH~'s Avatar
    31,266 posts since Oct '02
    • Originally posted by the Bear:

      i missed this because of a *&$#^ meeting which i didn't have to go to on my day off!! icon_mad.gif

      but.. i'll go to the next one icon_lol.gif


      next one's 2117 dude~

       

      U'll have to... eh... learn the ways of the undead icon_lol.gif

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