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People flock to see the Venus Passage

Published onsdag 6 juni 2012 kl 10.42
A bird in Malmö watches Venus pass between the earth and the sun. Photo: Johan Nilsson/Scanpix

People who woke up early in Sweden on Wednesday --between 4:22 a.m. and 6:54 am – could witness the Venus Passage or Transit of Venus.

People around the world gathered Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning to see the rare astronomical phenomenon when Venus passes in front of the sun.

And hundreds of people visited the Stockholm Observatory to catch a glimpse of the small black dot in front of the blazing sun.

"It was nice and there were a lot of people there, a surprising amount of people. A cloud moved in front of the sun just when we got here, but we looked through the telescope anyway," says Anna Westrin, to Swedish Radio.

She had planned to see Venus for two months. But she said she was not disappointed because she had watched the Venus passage on live streaming from Hawaii.

The last time Venus passed between the earth and the sun was in 2004. It will not happen again for over 100 years.

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