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Watch Venus Transit the Sun in Norwalk

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Tuesday will be the last chance most of us in Fairfield County will have to see Venus crossing the sun.

The transit of Venus happens in pairings, either in June or December, eight years apart in a pattern repeated only once every 243 years, with gaps of 121.5 and 105.5 years between pairings. The last transit in the current pairing occurred in June 2004, and the next pairing won't be until December 2117 and December 2125.

However, it’s best to not simply go outside and watch the transit by looking directly at the sun through an improperly set telescope or by staring at it for long periods of time.

Rolnick Observatory in Westport has special glasses, for those who make a small donation, which allow you to look directly at the sun and watch the transit. The observatory will be open at 5 p.m. for anyone who wants to watch safely. Also, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is holding a Special Observatory Open House for the transit of Venus at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Will you be watching this once in a life time celestial event? Leave a comment or email reporter Alissa Smith with your plans.

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