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Published June 06, 2012, 04:09 PM

Viewers Pack UND Observatory for Venus Transit

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The planet Venus transitioned over the sun this evening for the last time in the next 100 years.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The planet Venus transitioned over the sun this evening for the last time in the next 100 years.

You could view it anywhere in the U.S., and in Grand Forks, people from all over came to watch the big event.

Venus transitioned in front of the sun at 5:06 this evening and even though it was cloudy, people could still clearly see the little dot slowly move across the sun.

People from all over the state packed the UND observatory this evening to watch Venus transition for the last time in our lifetime.

"We are not going to be able to see it again, that's why there's a fair interest in watching it," professor Paul Harddrsen said.

Harddrsen says there are precautions viewers need to take when looking at the sun.

"Don't look through the sun without the right filters because you'll burn out your retina," Harddrsen said.

But even with the right equipment, some still had a problem seeing Venus.

"I'm afraid I'm gonna have to get on the webcast to really see it because of the clouds," Rachel Shepard said.

Grad students felt honored to be able to study and watch the transition during their lifetime.

"To be timed right when the celestial event is happening is just luck, it's awesome," Space Studies student Annie Wargetz said.

Students were also happy so many little ones were hyped as well.

"I honestly hope that we inspire the next astronomers the next astronauts the next life support scientists, I hope we get some inspiration in these kids," Wargetz said.

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