Rare astronomical event to be visible in Vietnam

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People in Vietnam will be able to see the transit of planet Venus across the sun, one of the rarest astronomical events, on June 6, Vietnam News Agency quoted a scientist as saying Monday.

Nguyen Duc Phuong, general secretary of the Vietnam Astronomy and Space Association, said the phenomenon during which Venus becomes visible as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun would begin when the sun rises and end at around noon in Vietnam.

It would be visible in most parts of the world, he said.

The event, which occurs when Venus passes directly between the Sun and the Earth, is "very special because the next time it happens will be 105 years later," he said.

Vietnamese would also be able to see a partial lunar eclipse on June 4, he said, adding it would start at 4.59 p.m. and reach its climax when the moon is about one third covered by the earth's umbra at 6.03 p.m.

A lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned, with the Earth in the middle.

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