Portal:Astronomy/Picture/27 May 2005

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Venustransit 2004-06-08 07-49.jpg

Transit of Venus occur in pairs 8 years apart, separated by longer gaps of 101 or 121 years. They occur when Venus lies directly between the Earth and the Sun, a situation which requires both planets to be at or close to their ascending or descending node. The transit shown here occurred on 8 June 2004.