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Middle TN prepares to view rare space event

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Tuesday night will be your only chance to see a rare event in space. It's called the Venus transit, when the planet Venus crosses over the face of the sun.

The transit begins Tuesday and will continue into Wednesday, then it won't be seen again from Earth for more than 100 years.

For this transit, a spacecraft from the European Space Agency is orbiting the second planet from the sun. Called the Venus Express, the craft will send a unique view of the transit.

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The last transit of Venus was in 2004, when scientists spotted a halo around Venus, indicating the planet had an atmosphere. They hope this transit will be just as enlightening.

"We know very little about the nuclear circle of Venus, whether like the Earth they have a core and then a mantle. We don't know whether that's the case with Venus yet. That's one of the things we need to find out," said Arvind Parmer, with the European Space Agency.

The next transit won't happen until 2117, so catch it while you can.

Several events are planned across Middle Tennessee. Among them, Radnor Lake State Park and Dyer Observatory in Brentwood are partnering to host a viewing party, from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

The viewing is free, but reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, and for information on parking, visit: http://www.dyer.vanderbilt.edu/.

Other area events include:

Adventure Science Center
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
800 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, TN  37203

Warner Park Nature Center
4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
7311 Highway 100
Nashville, TN  37221

Giles County Public Library – Lynnville
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Robert B. Jones Memorial Library and Museum
135 Main Street
Lynnville, TN 38472
(931) 527-3466

Giles County Public Library - Pulaski
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
122 South 2nd Street
Pulaski, TN  38478
(931) 363-2720

Bowie Park – Fairview – 4:30 p.m. to sunset

Liberty Garden Park and Arboretum – Jackson, TN - 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Vol State Community College – in front of the Wallace Building

In Murfreesboro, the Discovery Center on Broad Street is hosting a viewing, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

And Middle Tennessee State University is also hosting a viewing party, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the observatory next to Old Main Circle.

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