Planet Venus has put on a show for sky watchers on Entoto hills

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Addis Ababa, June 8, 2012( WIC)- Planet Venus has put on a show for sky watchers by moving across the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth.

The transit was a very rare astronomical event that would not be seen again for another 105 years.

Observers in north and Central America, and the northern-most parts of South America saw the event start just before local sunset.

The far northwest of America, the Arctic, the western Pacific, and East Asia witnessed the entire passage.

While the UK and the rest of Europe, the Middle East, and eastern Africa waited for local sunrise to try to see the closing stages of the transit.

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the planet was spotted before noon on Wednesday for 15 to 18 minutes , as ERTA reported.

According to Dr. Solomon Belay, Director of Entoto Astronomical Observatory and Space Science Research Center, though the phenomenon normally occurs once every 105 years, it was experienced in 2004 also.

The occurrence does not have any negative impact on day to day activities of human beings, he said, adding, it rather has its own contribution in terms of encouraging ongoing research into the universe.


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