Learn about what is so special about the astronomical event of the transitive Venus.
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The Astronomical Event of the Transitive Venus Hundreds of visitors were at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich to witness the transitive Venus, a major astronomical event. This was the first time in over a hundred years that the planet Venus had passed directly between the Earth and the Sun. experts say it’s one of the rarest astronomical events there is, certainly one of the rarest predictable events. They happen twice a century at best. The last time it happened, Queen Victoria was on the throne, electric lights had only just been invented. The world had change absolutely dramatically in that time. This even is so special because of its rarity. Despite the fact that most of the scientific research using planets in term s of time and measuring distance was completed in the 17th and 18th century. Today’s observation may help find life in space. Using special glasses or items they made or bought visitors have come from all over the world to get a glimpse of the transitive Venus. One man had planned coming to Greenwich from Michigan in the US, ten years before to ensure he didn’t miss the event. With hundreds attending, it shows the continually interest there is in the science of space.