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      Celestial wonder, Venus transit

      Sky watchers and stargazers will get a rare treat Tuesday as the planet Venus marches in front of the sun. It's an event that will not happen for another 105 years.

      Just after 6 p.m., Venus will begin its trip across the sun. The event will take several hours and go right up until sunset. Here in the Upper Peninsula, members from the Marquette Astronomical Society met on M-28 for a good view of the celestial event.

      "Getting out there and getting your equipment and being able to track it down, that's always the challenge. When you look at all these pictures, still pictures in books, and they're pictures," said Craig Linde of the Marquette Astronomical Society. "When you actually go out and look through the eyepiece and actually view something in real time with your own equipment, that's very satisfying."

      The event is not visible to the naked eye. Special safety equipment is needed to look at the sun. Projection boxes used during solar eclipses will work, and this method is considered the safest. The best views are from the Pacific Coast and Hawaii.