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Published June 05, 2012, 05:28 PM

MSUM hosting Venus eclipse

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It's a rare event; Once, maybe twice in the lifetime, and if you don't catch it now, you'll never get another chance.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It's a rare event; Once, maybe twice in the lifetime, and if you don't catch it now, you'll never get another chance. Next time this happens it will be 2117. That means maybe -- just maybe -- your great-great grandchildren will get a chance to check it out.

The viewing party is just getting started here at MSUM. Astronomers are setting up telescopes to get a great glimpse of Venus passing by the sun. They also have special glasses you can put on, but you'll likely only see Venus if you have really good vision.

Astronomers say not only is this a really rare event, but it's important for research. Right now, people are already studying Venus with the Hubble telescope.

Dr. Juan Cabenela – MSUM Physics and Astronomy Department: "Measure the chemistry of Venus' atmosphere by looking at the sunlight passing through it, but since Hubble can't stare at the sun, it's kinda gonna burn it out. They'll actually point it at the moon."

With the Hubble pointing at the moon, it'll catch the reflection of the sun's rays. They'll use that for research. Astronomers will be at this west-side parking lot until 6:30.

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