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Skywatchers Await the Fleeting Shadow of Venus

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Science  14 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5673, pp. 949
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5673.949

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On 8 June, Venus will cross directly in front of the sun for the first time in 122 years. Some researchers will use the transit as a dress rehearsal for studying extrasolar planets; others will probe the causes of an odd optical distortion.